§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts valued at £1 million or more were let by his Department during the financial year 2002–03 without competition; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Ingram
During the financial year 2002–03 the Ministry of Defence placed a total of 314 non-competitive contracts valued at £1 million or more. This total represents around 30 per cent. of the number of contracts placed in FY 2002–03 within this value band and reflects the MOD's continued commitment to competition as a means of securing value for money.