§ Ms Janet Anderson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Junghans is being considered as a supplier for a mortar fuse order.357W
§ Mr. Freeman
My Department has no plans for a direct purchase of mortar bomb fuses from Junghans. Different options for the fuse of the high explosive element of the 51 mm mortar bomb order, placed with Royal Ordnance plc in July, are being considered. Under the terms of the contract, whichever fuse is chosen is a matter for the company's technical commercial judgment.