Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which 10 companies have supplied his Department with the most equipment in the last 12 months; and what the UK-based workforce is of each company. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: This answer takes “most equipment” to mean the total value of assets delivered, as it is a more relevant measure than volume or quantity. The 10 companies that received the highest total direct payments(1) from the Ministry of Defence during financial year 2007-08 in respect of equipment procurement, along with the approximate number of UK-based employees of each company, are shown in the following table.
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Company Employees( 2)
BAE Systems plc 34,000
EDS Defence Limited 16,500
The Boeing Company 600
Westland Helicopters Limited (3)3,500
Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited (4)7,200
MBDA UK Limited 2,600
Europaams SAS Nil
General Dynamics UK Limited 1,700
Raytheon Systems Limited 1,300
(1) Expenditure excludes payments made through other nations or international procurement agencies on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
(2) Employee numbers are based on information provided by the companies and BERR.
(3) Westland Helicopters Ltd: Employee numbers refer to the UK based employees of parent company Agusta Westland.
(4) Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd: Employee numbers refer to the UK based employees of Babcock Marine which includes Devonport Royal Dockyard Ltd.
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