Saudi Arabia

Defence written question – answered at on 3 September 2012.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures his Department has put in place to detect bribery and other impropriety in contracts supervised by the Saudi Armed Forces Project Office.

Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is committed to the prevention, deterrence and detection of bribery. Contracts supervised by the Saudi Armed Forces Project Office are therefore subject to the same procedures and processes as all other Ministry of Defence (MOD) contracts.

Additionally, as part of the verification of supplier processes and prices, and with the support of the Saudi Arabian Government, senior officials within the Project Office seek assurances from the project prime contractor that procedures are in place for the prevention of bribery, in accordance with the detailed guidance published by the Ministry of Justice.

The MOD has well-established procedures through which staff can report concerns about bribery or any other forms of financial irregularity.

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