BAE Systems

Defence written question – answered at on 8 October 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of document number (a) 24, (b) 25, (c) 26, (d) 27, (e) 28 and (f) 29 listed in schedule 9 of his Department's 2009 Terms of Business Agreement with BAE Systems.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Conservative, Mid Worcestershire

The Ministry of Defence will need to consult BAE Systems Maritime—Naval Ships to consider release of the documents requested. I will write to the hon. Member when this consultation has been completed.

Substantive answer from Philip Dunne to Angus Robertson:

On 16 May 2012 in response to Parliamentary Question (Official Report, column 166W) my predecessor Peter Luff MP (Mid Worcestershire), undertook to provide a substantive reply to your question to place in the library of the House of Commons a number of documents referenced in Schedule 9 of the Department's 2009 Terms of Business Agreement with BAE Systems (BAES). You may recall that before I could provide you with a final answer, it was necessary to review the documents to determine whether their release would prejudice the commercial position of either the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or the company. This review involved detailed consultation with BAES.

I can advise you that this work is now complete and it has been determined that release of the documents at this time is likely to prejudice the commercial position of both the company and the MOD. I regret therefore that I am unable to release the documents you have requested and that you have had to wait so long to receive this reply to your original question.

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