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Defence: Procurement

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by each of the armed services on defence procurement in the latest year for which figures are available; and how much such expenditure was incurred by each service in (a) Wales, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) England and (d) overseas. (289137)

The defence budget is not allocated by service or by sub-UK level. Defence Procurement provides the UK armed forces with the equipment needed as efficiently as possible to deliver the best value for money for the armed forces. The Defence Budget is planned solely on this basis.

The latest estimates of direct MOD expenditure on equipment and non-equipment procurement are provided in the following table.

£ million at current prices (VAT exclusive)

2006-07

Wales

Northern Ireland

England

Overseas

Total

220

200

15,230

2,330

of which:

Equipment expenditure

120

60

9,620

2,170

Non equipment expenditure

100

140

5,610

160

Note:

Figures rounded to nearest £10 million

The data underlying the estimates of direct expenditure on procurement cannot be broken down by service. In addition, these figures do not take into account expenditure by main contractors to sub-contractors in these geographic areas, nor do they take account of monies paid for work done in that area if the company's billing address is elsewhere.

The MOD reports spend on procurement in the UK Defence Statistics can be found at the following link;

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/UKDS2008/ukds.html

This annual report presents the MOD procurement of goods and services in the UK broken out by industry sector and estimates of aggregate MOD equipment expenditure.