HC Deb 22 April 1983 vol 41 c187W
Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate how many private sector companies are engaged in whole, or in part, in the manufacture of equipment purchased by the Ministry of Defence.

Mr Ian Stewart

It is estimated that at any given time the Ministry of Defence has direct defence contracts with more than 10,000 firms. It is not possible to estimate how many additional firms are engaged on subcontract work.

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