§ Mr. Grylls
asked the Secretary of State for Defence, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Surrey, North-West on 29th November, if, without giving details of actual contracts secured, he can indicate what percentage offset has so far been achieved in relation to that promised, in respect of the Harpoon weapon programme for the Royal Navy; and if he can give an assurance that his Department is operating a formal recording and monitoring procedure in connection with these offsets in order to ensure that McDonnell Douglas is fulfilling its promises.
§ Dr. Gilbert
In relation to the agreed minimum aim, just over a quarter. These matters are kept under regular review within the Department and I have every reason to believe that McDonnell Douglas is acting in good faith.