§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the expenditure made by his Department on the Concept Demonstration phase of the Joint Strike Fighter project for each financial year from 1995–96 to 1999–2000. 
§ Mr. George Robertson
This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the right hon. Member.
Letter from Sir Robert Walmsley to Mr. Menzies Campbell, dated 26 July 1999:I am replying to your question to the Secretary of State for Defence about expenditure made on the Concept Demonstration Phase of the Joint Strike Fighter project for each financial year from 1995–96 to 1999–2000. This matter falls within my area of responsibility as Chief of Defence Procurement and Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency.
Payments made by my Department to the United States on the Concept Demonstration Phase of the Joint Strike Fighter programme from 1995–96 to 1999–2000 are as follows:
Year £ Million 1995–96 Nil 1996–97 9.0 1997–98 46.7 1998–99 34.1 1999–2000 21.0(Forecast)
All figures are at outturn prices for the years in question.