HL Deb 10 June 2002 vol 636 cc7-8WA
Viscount Goschen

asked her Majesty's Government:

On how many occasions since 1997 the Ministry of Defence has procured goods or services other than by competitive tender on the grounds of national security. [HL4517]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)

This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate effort. However, competition remains the cornerstone of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence's procurement policy and around 70 per cent of its business by value is placed competitively.