New Forest East

DEFENCE – BOWMAN – 9 July 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: The Minister [Lewis Moonie] mentioned the long-delayed acquisition of the Bowman communications system. I understand that a decision is to be made about that in the next few days. Is there any reason why the preferred bidder should not be the Thales consortium, given that, unlike the Canadian and American competitors for the contract, the firm employs more than 14,500 British people, and that the Thales bid, unlike the others, would mean that 88 percent of the work would be done in this country?