2.3 Broader policy

Equipment, Support, and Technology for UK Defence and Security: A Consultation Paper – Part Two – Cross-Cutting Issues – 2.3 Broader policy

2.3 Broader policy

Our policy of seeking to fulfil our defence and security requirements through competition on the global market is complemented by the actions we will take to promote the competitiveness and long-term viability of UK-based companies. In parallel, we also have specific broader requirements, for example to support civil security and resilience by certifying the quality [...]

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2.3.1 Exports

The Prime Minister has said ‘promotion of British commerce and international trade [is] at the heart of our foreign and economic policy’8. Our strategy includes ‘getting behind those industries where Britain already enjoys competitive advantages’ and ‘make it easier for new companies and innovations to flourish.’ The MOD Business Plan for 2011-2015 includes in its [...]

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2.3.1 Exports – General and Specific Questions

General questions: Q26. How can the Government and industry best support responsible defence and security exports by UK-based companies? Q27. What are the current obstacles to doing so and how could these be overcome? Specific questions: Q28. How can the Government diversify the destinations for UK defence and security exports and at the same time [...]

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2.3.2 Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

In the defence and security sectors, SMEs are often an important source of research and innovation, as well as offering adaptability and flexibility. We are, therefore, taking steps to encourage SMEs to participate more fully in these sectors, by making opportunities more accessible and transparent, by removing disproportionate bureaucracy and by ensuring prompter payment. We [...]

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2.3.2 Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – General and Specific Questions

General questions: Q37. How can the Government ensure that SMEs are better able to fulfil their potential and contribute to the UK’s defence and security requirements? Q38. What are the current obstacles to this happening and how can these be overcome? Q39. How can the Government manage better the risks associated with procurement from SMEs? [...]

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2.3.3 Working with our suppliers

The Government’s aspiration to get the best from our suppliers in the defence and security sectors has two distinct aspects: where to use an external provider – rather than in-house resources – to support and sometimes deliver capability; and how best to work with our suppliers over the life of a programme. The boundaries between [...]

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2.3.4 Wider impacts

The Government believes that every pound allocated for defence and security should be spent to benefit the UK’s national security. The over-riding concern, especially in difficult financial times, must be to provide the UK with the capabilities it needs. However, there are significant wider impacts. Skills A skilled workforce is essential for delivering the capabilities [...]

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2.3.4 Wider impacts – General and Specific Questions

General question Q55. To what extent should the Government take wider economic considerations into account when taking decisions about fulfilling its defence and security requirements? Specific questions Q56. To what extent does Government spending on defence and security capabilities benefit broader UK manufacturing and services? How could these benefits be increased without prejudicing value-for-money, fair [...]

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