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Departmental Procurement

Volume 487: debated on Monday 9 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of his Department's procurement practices on British defence manufacturers. (253732)

MOD procurement practices are designed to ensure that our armed forces have the best equipment available while at the same time ensuring value for money for the taxpayer. The defence industrial strategy recognises the crucial role that the UK defence industry plays in delivery of capability to the front line and promotes a sustainable and globally competitive UK defence industrial base. Defence Ministers have regular discussions with representatives from the defence industry both individually and in the forum of the National Defence Industries Council.