§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many(a) United Kingdom and (b) non-United Kingdom companies bid for the contract A3a/453 with his Department for re-painting of RAF VC10 aircraft; on what grounds Sogerma-Socea of Bordeaux was selected; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
Three companies bid for the contract for repainting RAF VC10 aircraft, two UK and one non-UK. The contract was placed on the basis of the lowest price and lowest risk. None of the bidders proposed to paint the aircraft in the UK.