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Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 218226, tabled on 10 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contracts his Department has held with private military companies in each year since 2008; what the cost of those contracts was; and if he will make a statement.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

16 December 2014

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2013-14, for example, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) paid more than 2,700 different contractors. We would need to examine the work of each one to establish whether it could be considered a 'private military company'.

The MOD publishes a range of trade, industry and contract statistics, including a list of suppliers who the MOD paid more than £5 million in each financial year. The latest information covering 2013-14 is available on the website at: statistics/mod-industry-trade-and-contracts-2014.

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