Defence: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report for the Secretary of State for Defence, Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity, published in July 2018, whether UK prosperity is a factor in procurement decisions.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Last March the Defence Secretary invited the right hon. Member for Ludlow (Philip Dunne) to review opportunities for "Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity". We are currently working with UK defence industry to respond to his recommendations.

Following the creation of the national security objective to 'Promote our Prosperity' in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review we have refreshed Defence Industrial Policy to help strengthen UK competitiveness, published a National Shipbuilding Strategy and launched the Future Combat Air Strategy. We also engage with global primes to create opportunities for all tiers of the UK supply chain.

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