HC Deb 11 March 1997 vol 292 cc185-6W
29. Mr. Waterson

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the number of people employed in the United Kingdom defence industries. [18063]

Mr. Arbuthnot

We estimate that in 1994–95—the latest year for which figures are available—my Department's contracts for equipment and other goods and services sustained some 270,000 jobs in the United Kingdom. We estimate that a further 90,000 United Kingdom jobs depended on defence exports.