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Defence: Procurement

Defence written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the urgent question of 17 July 2012, on defence procurement, whether defence procurement is subject to European single market procurement rules.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Defence procurement is subject to EU Single Market rules for public procurement, although there are certain exclusions such as article 346 (known as the warlike stores exemption) of the Lisbon treaty which may be used in exceptional circumstances.

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