HC Deb 05 May 1987 vol 115 c571
12. Mr. Gerald Bowden

asked the Secretary of State for Defence in how many countries outside the United Kingdom the Defence Export Sales Organisation has permanent staff based.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

The Defence Export Services Organisation has permanent staff based in four overseas countries.

Mr. Bowden

In view of the major contribution made by the Defence Export Sales Organisation, does my hon. Friend feel that there is any justification for scrapping it, as has been suggested? Does the organisation represent value for money in terms of what it delivers?

Mr. Hamilton

It represents very good value for money. We expect that last year will prove to be a record for defence export sales. The DESO will have played a key role in achieving that target.