Defence: Employment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Griffith Andrew Griffith Conservative, Arundel and South Downs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that defence procurement supports in (a) Sussex and (b) the UK.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) spent £19.2 billion with UK industry and commerce in 2018-19, directly supporting around 119,000 jobs in the UK and indirectly supporting many thousands more.

In South East England, during the same time period, MOD expenditure with industry and commerce was £4,581million supporting around 27,500 jobs.

The MOD does not publish data on a county basis.

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