HC Deb 08 February 1995 vol 254 cc331-2W
Sir John Cope

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will set out the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the United Kingdom's strategic defence industrial base and its relationship to defence procurement decisions.

Mr. Freeman

[holding answer 20 December 19941Although we see our relationship with industry as principally one of customer to supplier, we fully recognise that it is an advantage to us and to the economy more generally to have a healthy, technologically capable and broad-based defence industry.