Defence Equipment

Nato – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 16th May 2011.

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Photo of Paul Uppal Paul Uppal Conservative, Wolverhampton South West 2:30 pm, 16th May 2011

What progress has been made on his Department’s consultation on equipment, support and technology for UK defence and security.

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

My colleagues in the Home Office and I are very pleased with the results of the public consultation, which ended on 31 March, on the recent Green Paper. We used a number of mechanisms, notably conferences, regional visits and a dedicated website, to encourage wide participation, and we received 143 separate written reports from individuals, companies and organisations, as well as more than 200 comments on the website. We are now analysing the information received and will publish a summary of the consultation responses later this year, alongside the planned White Paper.

Photo of Paul Uppal Paul Uppal Conservative, Wolverhampton South West

Given the value of the defence sector to our economy, what steps are being taken to ensure that prosperity can continue to flourish, and that the whole UK economy can benefit?

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

I strongly agree with my hon. Friend. Ministers in the Department are committed to the Government’s policy of export-led growth, whereby the Government are making radical steps to ensure that responsible defence exports are actively promoted. This year I have visited India, Japan and Turkey on precisely that mission, and all members of my ministerial team have made similar such visits to ensure that the outcome my hon. Friend rightly seeks is achieved.