CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DEFENCE – PROCUREMENT & INDEPENDENT, SMALL COMPANIES - 22 June 2022

DEFENCE – PROCUREMENT & INDEPENDENT, SMALL COMPANIES - 22 June 2022

Dr Julian Lewis: Before the Minister moves swiftly on from the deterrent, I would like to take him back to aerospace. In the past he has been generous with his time and has met me to discuss the subject of the war widows, a subject that falls more within his own bailiwick. I have been trying to get a meeting with his colleague, the Minister for Defence Procurement, my hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Jeremy Quin), so that a British-based aerospace firm can show him a presentation that greatly impressed me when I chaired the Defence Committee. I have no financial or commercial interest in the company concerned, but I am worried that independent, smaller companies get squeezed out by the big operators, and I would not ask for such a meeting if I did not think that company had something important to offer to defence.

[The Minister for Defence People and Veterans (Leo Docherty): I am happy to recommit our determination to ensure that SMEs are a part of our collective success. I am sure that the Minister for Defence Procurement will be delighted if I commit on his behalf to him meeting our right hon. Friend. ...]