Ministry of Defence: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th July 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of EU procurement law on his Department's procurement policy.

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

Amendments to the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations (DSPCR) came into force at the end of the Transition Period to ensure these rules operate effectively following the UK's departure from the EU. The main change is that legal rights of access to UK procurements are now limited to UK and Gibraltar based suppliers.

As set out in the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy published in March 2021, the Government is using the opportunity offered by our departure from the EU to develop a defence and security procurement regime tailored to better meet the UK's needs. We have embarked on a comprehensive review of the DSPCR, as part of the broader Cabinet Office led reforms of procurement regulations set out in the December 2020 Green Paper on Transforming Public Procurement.

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