Warships: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th December 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to assess whether the tender for the Special Purpose Ship is legally compliant.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether legal advice was taken by his Department prior to the publication of the Special Purpose Ship tender.

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

The value and nature of the tender for the Special Purpose Ship sits within the commercial delegations of the Royal Navy's procurement process when applying the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and supporting framework, meaning individual legal advice is not usually taken for each such tender.

However, I have asked the Royal Navy to review the details of this tender and will write to the rightt hon.Member in due course and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

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