Defence written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which procurement decisions in each of the last five years have not been made solely on the basis of best value for money.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

As I said in my reply of 3 November 2003, Hansard, column 427W, value for money is a fundamental factor in all our procurement decisions. In assessing value for money we take account of the long-term implications of decisions, including their industrial and wider economic impact. As set out in the Government's Defence Industrial Policy, we seek to maximise the economic benefit to the United Kingdom from our defence expenditure, a healthy and globally competitive defence industry and the development of a high value technologically-skilled industrial base, consistent with the Government's wider manufacturing strategy.

Information on all procurement decisions taken throughout the Department is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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