HC Deb 26 January 1987 vol 109 c132W
Mr. Stephen Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures will be laid down to ensure promised offsets to British subcontractors under the Boeing AWACS purchase are fully honoured.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

The Boeing Aerospace Company will be contractually committed to meet in full the offset arrangements, whereby it spends £130 on work for British companies for every £100 we spend on the E-3A. Although there is no doubt that this commitment will be honoured, the build-up of Boeing's business with United Kingdom firms will be monitored in accordance with normal practice, which involves continuous liaison with the firm and regular reporting on progress.