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Defence: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 76795, tabled on 20 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has he made of the potential merits of using the WTO's Government Procurement Agreement's defence exemption instead of the EU defence directives’ exemption.

Answered on

27 July 2020

Since 2012, the Governments default position of defence procurement has been open competition wherever appropriate to obtain the best capability for our Armed Forces, whilst achieving value for money for the taxpayer.

The Ministry of Defence is leading the cross-Government review into the UK’s defence and security industrial sectors to ensure our approach enables competitive, innovative and world-class defence and security industries. The terms of any national security exemption will be part of that review.