§ Mrs. Ewing
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent in Scotland on defence procurement in the last year for which figures are available; how much of that was passed to sub-contractors(a) in total and (b) as a percentage of the total; and what estimate he has made of the percentage of sub-contracted work which remains in Scotland. 
§ Mr. Spellar
The MOD spent £550 million, VAT-exclusive; to the nearest £50 million, on defence equipment from contractors based in Scotland during 1996–97. The MOD does not record payments made to sub-contractors and has not made an estimate of what those payments might be.