§ 23. Mr. Oppenheim
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the effect of defence procurement on Scottish industry.
§ Mr. Stewart
The Ministry of Defence's expenditure in Scotland on equipment in 1990–91 totalled £600 million, which was 8 per cent. of the MOD's total expenditure on equipment within the United Kingdom. It is estimated that MOD's equipment procurement accounted for 1.4 per cent. of Scottish GDP in 1990.
Associated employment in Scotland within contractors supplying MOD direct in 1990–91 was 13,000, 10 per cent. of the United Kingdom total and approximately 0.5 per cent. of the Scottish work force.