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Outrageous giving arms makers UK census contract!

PUBLISHED: 13:04 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, THE Government in its wisdom has decided to pay the world’s largest arms manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin, £150 million to carry out the National Census in 2011. This is outrageous! Is the government really saying that no UK company is capable of carrying out the census?

Dear Editor,

THE Government in its wisdom has decided to pay the world's largest arms manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin, £150 million to carry out the National Census in 2011. This is outrageous!

Is the government really saying that no UK company is capable of carrying out the census?

The Office of National Statistics stated in the reply to me: "All processing will take place in the UK and strict controls will be in place to protect confidentiality."

That is a joke. The Office of National Statistics needs to be reminded of the two lost discs containing the records of 25 million people and other confidential information on discs that have been lost.

By their own statement, two laptops are lost each week from the Ministry of Defence alone. Laptops containing top-secret military information regarding Iraq, etc, have been found on trains. Personal details of 5,000 prison guards have also gone missing.

So much for strict controls and confidentially.

Next year, Lockheed-Martin will again be offering for sale its latest weapons at East London's ExCel centre in Custom House.

If MPs allow this contract for the census to go through, I for one will not accept or complete the Census Form.

Len Aldis

Tomlins Grove, Bow

Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society

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