§ Mr. Ingram
As prime contractor for the Bowman tactical communication system, General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd. has sub-contracted the conversion training of around 75,000 personnel from all three services to Westland Helicopters Ltd. Training delivery and distributed learning is led by Westland and supported by Outstart and Vosper Thornycroft UK Ltd. Conversion training began on time in July 2003 and, to date, almost 3,500 personnel have completed their individual training.
The prime contract with General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd. was awarded competitively. I am withholding details about the value of the contract under Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information for reasons of commercial confidentiality.