Defence written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been spent on aircraft research by his Department in (a) Lancashire and (b) the North West since 1997.

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

We recognise the importance of the aerospace industry in the North West, both to the Ministry of Defence and the wider economy. We have not placed any 'research' contracts with companies in the North West region but as my hon. Friend will be aware, the Ministry of Defence places a considerable volume of work with companies in the region on both new programmes and support for in-service aircraft. Much of the work on new programmes is classified as 'development', however, details on money spent on such programmes is not held centrally, and therefore could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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