asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will investigate ways of speeding up the decision-making process of the Procurement Executive in the light of experience gained in action taken in this area during the Falklands conflict.
As my right hon. Friend said in his foreword to the statement on the Defence Estimates 1982 (Cmnd. 8529), we shall be looking closely at all aspects of the Falklands operations to see what lessons can be learnt. The procedures of the Procurement Executive will, where appropriate, be included among the subjects of these studies.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what the administrative costs will be of the Procurement Executive for the period 1982–83.
In 1982–83 the administrative costs of the Procurement Executive, excluding the research and development establishments and certain production functions, are forecast to be some £162 million.