HC Deb 13 June 1989 vol 154 c396W
28. Mr. Barry Field

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he uses to define the national interest when a United Kingdom defence contractor is the subject of a takeover bid from a non-United Kingdom company.

Mr. Sainsbury

Any factors which could affect the supply to the armed forces of the equipment they need to operate effectively would be taken into account. These factors could be judged only in the context of any specific takeover proposal.