CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

BUSINESS QUESTION – MECHANISED INFANTRY VEHICLE – 29 March 2018

Dr Julian Lewis: May we have an assurance that the forthcoming announcement on whether there will be a competition for the new generation of mechanised infantry vehicles will be made to the House when Parliament is sitting, and not in the recess?

[The Leader of the House of Commons (Andrea Leadsom): My right hon. Friend raises an important point. I cannot answer that question at the moment, but Defence questions are on 23 April, and if he wishes to write to me I will ask the Ministry of Defence on his behalf.

Mr Speaker: For the avoidance of doubt, the answer is very clear: the announcement should be in the House of Commons. That is the situation, and it is the responsibility of office holders to ensure that that is the case. I know the Leader of the House will take seriously her responsibility on that matter.]