§ Mr. Rogers
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many explosives and propellant contracts were placed in the periods(a) January to July and (b) July to December, for each of the years 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990, respectively; and what were the values of those contracts;
(2) what has been the expenditure on explosives and propellants in each year since 1979.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
My Department purchases the great majority of its explosives and propellants as integral parts of whole munitions, rather than under specific contracts. Overall expenditure on these components is not separately identifiable.