Arms Trade: Exports

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy on UK defence exports of the increasing proportion of US-made equipment procured by his Department.

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

UK Defence equipment is highly regarded; this view is also reflected in the statistics recently released by the Department for International Trade's Defence Security Exports Organisation which show that the UK is ranked 2nd in the global rankings and in 2019 won defence orders worth £11 billion.

The UK Armed Forces equipment needs are many and varied and so it is right that we source the best kit available for them, whether that be from the UK, US or somewhere else, whilst delivering value for money for the taxpayer.

The Department is looking at how the UK Defence Sector can best support the equipment programme into the future through the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy.

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