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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 07 Apr 2010

Armed Forces: Rescue Services

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects to sign (a) a contract and (b) any other agreement with the preferred bidder for the provision of search and rescue helicopter services from 2012 before the Dissolution of Parliament. [325816]

Mr. Quentin Davies: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 22 March 2010, Official Report, column 16W.

Chinook Helicopters

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out the details of the contract he has signed with Boeing in respect of the acquisition of additional Chinook helicopters; and whether (a) the contract will provide for the provision of the Julius cockpit design and (b) the helicopters will be acquired under the US foreign military sales. [325790]

Mr. Quentin Davies: Long-lead engineering work and acquisition of long-lead manufacturing components will be undertaken under the contract signed with Boeing on 23 March 2010. This work is necessary to protect the critical path to delivery of initial aircraft during the course of 2012 and 2013. No final decision has yet been made on the cockpit configuration, nor on the procurement route, although if the Julius cockpit solution is selected this would not be under a US foreign military sale. I expect the Main Gate investment decision to be taken very shortly.

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 06 Apr 2010

BAE Systems: Fraud

David Howarth: To ask the Solicitor-General whether information obtained by the Serious Fraud Office during its investigations into BAE Systems about possible false declarations relating to (a) Romania and (b) South Africa have been passed to the Export Credits Guarantee Department. [321330]

The Solicitor-General: The Serious Fraud Office has no record of passing information during its investigations into BAE Systems about possible false declarations relating to (a) Romania and (b) South Africa to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

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