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Defence Procurement

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the scrutiny report "Defence Procurement, Learning from Experience"; and if he will make a statement.

My noble Friend has decided that this report need no longer carry a privacy marking restricting its circulation. Accordingly, copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of the House, together with a paper indicating how its recommendations are to be implemented.The report's recommendations, in the words of its authors, represent

"a necessary extension and complement to current initiatives; they are not an attempt to push off in some totally new direction".

The principal initiatives taken so far to secure better value for money are given in the answer at volume 130, column 107. The measures now planned will build on these by improving further the assessment of technical risks, the tailoring of the Procurement Executive's organisation to meet its evolving tasks, the monitoring of performance and the dissemination of lessons learnt.