HC Deb 21 July 1988 vol 137 cc719-21W
Mr. Sayeed

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made in evaluating the offset reports submitted by Boeing under the terms of the AWACS offset agreement.

Mr. Sainsbury

We have completed our evaluation of Boeing's first offset report, which covered the period from November 1986 to June 1987. This report listed contracts covering a wide range of items similar to the high technical quality contained in the AWACS aircraft. The contracts were placed with a number of United Kingdom defence contractors and their value totalled $141 million. Following our evaluation, we have agreed with Boeing that a total offset credit of $96.6 million should be allowed. We are now in the process of evaluating Boeing's second report, which covers the period July to December 1987, listing contracts showing a total value of some $192 million.