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Ministry of Defence: Land

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th January 2020.

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Photo of Gerald Jones Gerald Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will include a land sector strategy in its Defence Industrial Strategy refresh.

Photo of Gerald Jones Gerald Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has not published a strategy for the land sector similar to those for the air and maritime sectors.

Photo of Gerald Jones Gerald Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to revise the Defence Industrial Strategy policy.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector. The Ministry of Defence keeps its approach under constant review to ensure that the implementation and impact of our policies remain effective. We have decided in the past to adopt alternative approaches in specific areas, as we have done in Shipbuilding and Combat Air, and we continually assess our approach to other sectors to determine whether we need to develop separate strategies. Our approach to the Land sector is no different. Last year the Army launched the Army Industrial Engagement Framework which defined how the Army will develop a more cohesive and effective relationship with industry throughout the procurement and development process. The refreshed Defence Industrial Policy from 2017 remains the overarching policy document which describes our approach to industry more broadly.

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