Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel

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

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Photo of Nick Smith Nick Smith Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 June 2019 to Question 57728 on Ministry of Defence: Iron and Steel, what information his Department holds on the derivation of steel and steel products procured by his Department in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not hold a central record of the origin of all steel used in defence equipment projects. This is because steel for our major programmes is mainly sourced by our prime contractors and the supply chains are complex.

The MOD does, however, collate some information about the origin of steel for projects with the largest steel requirements. This information can be found within the 'compliance with the steel procurement guidance' document at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/steel-public-procurement

The data was first published in January 2019 on GOV.UK and will be published annually in future.

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