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Merlin Helicopters

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Merlin helicopters Agusta Westland has offered to supply to his Department; and (a) at what cost and (b) to what timetable Agusta Westland has offered to supply those helicopters. (288834)

During recent consideration of whether the acquisition of new medium helicopters could be advanced in lieu of the planned life-extension of Puma and Sea King Mk4 helicopters informal discussions were held with a number of aircraft manufacturers, including Agusta Westland. These discussions are commercial-in-confidence and so it would be inappropriate to disclose details as their disclosure would prejudice commercial interest.