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Defence Procurement

Defence – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley

What recent estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that defence procurement supports in the UK.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

MOD expenditure with UK industry and commerce supported 119,000 jobs in the UK in the financial year 2018-19, including more than 10,000 jobs in the midlands engine.

Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley

Many businesses across Amber Valley benefit from MOD contracts, but there are many more that could. What more can the Department do to work alongside businesses to help spread out these contracts and jobs around the country?

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

I congratulate my hon. Friend on raising this issue. Since taking on this brief, I have been interested to discover how the MOD might broaden access for small and medium-sized enterprises, and he represents exactly the sort of constituency where such opportunities are greatest. There will be businesses in his area that can contribute directly to the MOD supply chain, but with Rolls-Royce in Derby immediately to the south of his constituency, we can work with our prime contractors to ensure that they can also access those supply chains.