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Defence: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 117172, tabled on 18 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of capabilities manufactured by foreign contractors in each year since 2009-10.

Answered on

23 November 2020

The Ministry of Defence publishes information on gov.uk for all expenditure with UK commerce and industry since 2013/14. From this it is possible to extract an estimate of expenditure overseas, which is shown in the table below.

All figures below exclude payments on assets bought via contracts with other Governments.

Orders placed in the UK may include those placed with the UK arms of multinational companies.

Financial Year

Overall Expenditure £bn

UK Expenditure £bn

Estimated Overseas Expenditure £bn

2013/14

22,212

18,838

3,374

2014/15

22,316

19,124

3,192

2015/16

21,214

18,712

2,502

2016/17

20,961

18,547

2,414

2017/18

21,976

18,853

3,123

2018/19

21,562

19,234

2,328

*Figures for overall and UK expenditure can be found within Table 1 of the latest bulletin which can be accessed at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mod-regional-expenditure-with-uk-industry-and-supported-employment-201819

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