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Defence: Procurement

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received of the outcome of legal proceedings in the United States against L-3 Communications Corporation; if he will assess the effect on his Department's policies on (a) security and (b) ethical procurement of its contract with L-3 Communications Corporation to examine the replacement of the Nimrod R-1 fleet; and if he will make a statement. (278808)

The Ministry of Defence is aware of the legal proceedings in the USA involving L-3 Communications, with whom MOD has a number of contracts.

We have not yet made a final decision on the solution for sustaining the Airborne Signals Intelligence Capability, currently provided by Nimrod R-1.

All major equipment procurements are subject to MOD's assurance processes, which include an assessment of the suitability of prospective contractors before any commitments are entered into.