§ Mr. Ingram
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will outline the criteria employed by his Department for setting the approved standards contractors are required to meet when they tender for Ministry of Defence contracts.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
Given that there is a need for a company's product or service, it would be included on the defence contractors list after a satisfactory assessment of quality assurance and financial viability. Any tenders received are judged on the basis of overall value for money.