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Arms Trade: Exports

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 52033, tabled on 1 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department worked on the export campaigns for (a) Eurofighter Typhoon, (b) complex weapons and (c) F-35 sustainment as of 1 April 2020; in which teams those staff are placed; and what the budget is for those campaigns in 2020-21.

Answered on

8 June 2020

The Ministry of Defence Exports team lead on strategic export campaigns including Eurofighter Typhoon and Complex Weapons for the Department. The team is currently comprised of three RAF, one contractor, one industry secondee and seven civil servants, who, alongside their industry colleagues, provide policy and technical expertise to export campaigns. The team's budget is drawn from the wider Security Policy and Operations budget, so we are unable to provide a staffing cost for the team. Budgets for export campaigns are a commercial matter for industry.