HC Deb 03 March 1987 vol 111 c574W
Sir David Price

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what importance is given by his Department to regional employment considerations in determining the results of open tender bids for procurement contracts.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

The primary objective of defence procurement is to satisfy the essential requirements of the services and in a way that secures the best value for money for the taxpayer. Close links are maintained with the Department of Trade and Industry on the regional implications of equipment programmes.