§ Mr. St. Aubyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate(a) the number of contracts for the (i) repair and (ii) modification of military equipment and (b) their cumulative value which in 1998–99 were subject to (a) an open and (b) a restrictive tender. 
§ Dr. Moonie
In 1998–99 there were 2,307 contracts awarded for repair activities. Of these, 1,211 with a cumulative value of around £278 million were awarded as a result of competition, and the remaining 1,096 (valued at around £676 million) were non-competitive.
In the same year, 224 contracts for modification of equipment were awarded. Of these, 120 contracts with a cumulative value of around £14 million were awarded as a result of competition. The remaining 104 contracts (valued at around £66 million) were non-competitive.