HL Deb 06 June 1991 vol 529 cc49-50WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Earl of Arran's Answer to his Question about payments being made for clearing minefields in Kuwait (H.L. Deb, 22nd May col. WA 16) indicates that Royal Ordnance plc are making a profit from the employment of Her Majesty's armed services and if so, why have the Government agreed to this arrangement.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (The Earl of Arran):

The terms of the contract between Royal Ordnance plc and the Government of Kuwait are a matter for those two parties. The deployment of 21 EOD Squadron was agreed, in the special circumstances following the Gulf conflict, to assist Royal Ordnance plc to begin work immediately.