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The priority for defence procurement will be to ensure Scotland’s security. However, like all countries, Scotland will get the best deal on any defence requirements by competing for contracts in both domestic and export markets.
Scotland does not currently get value for money in defence procurement as part of the UK. For example, for defence work awarded within the UK for reasons of national security, Westminster Government statistics show that the MoD has committed just £3.17 billion to Scotland of a total UK spend of £60 billion over the five years to 2011/12 – a shortfall of about £1.9 billion on what would have been an appropriate share.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.