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Aerospace Industry: Contracts

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 37951, tabled on 20 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the outcomes of contracts between his Department and companies within the aerospace industry are not adversely affected by the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on those companies.

Answered on

24 April 2020

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is closely monitoring the impact of Covid-19 on defence suppliers, including those within the aerospace industry. We remain closely engaged with our key suppliers at this critical time and have also established regular meetings with the mid-tier and small and medium-sized enterprise communities to ensure we understand the impact the Covid-19 outbreak is having throughout the supply chain.

In line with our usual payment policies, we are ensuring that outstanding invoices are paid promptly and are also encouraging prime and mid-tier suppliers to pay invoices as quickly as possible to their sub-tiers.