Armed Forces: Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Gilbert Lord Gilbert Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will disclose whose commercial interests they consider will be prejudiced by disclosure of whether there is any clause in their contract that restricts their freedom to sell the A400M aircraft to other countries who are either inside or outside the manufacturing consortium.

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any discussions with other members of the consortium manufacturing the A400M aircraft about Her Majesty's Government's freedom to sell the A400M aircraft to other countries; and, if so, with whom.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Contractual negotiations between partner nations and Airbus Military on the A400M programme are at an advanced stage. Disclosure of Airbus Military's obligation to seek permission from partner nations for exports could be exploited by competitors and therefore harm Airbus Military and its suppliers. There is no known intention to limit Airbus Military's export campaign in practice. Indeed, we fully anticipate that the A400M will be an attractive proposition for many countries beyond the initial consortium and the Ministry of Defence will actively support any such export campaign.

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