Military Aircraft: Procurement

Defence written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 8 February 2012, Official Report, columns 300-01, on Libya, whether the National Security Council was consulted on the decision to purchase a new C17 aircraft.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The National Security Council was not consulted on the decision to purchase a new C17 aircraft.

The procurement of an additional C17 aircraft to increase strategic airlift is assessed as the best means to deliver the strategic direction as set by the National Security Council. As this procurement required expenditure in excess of departmental delegations, approval was sought from HM Treasury.

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