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Logistical Support

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effects he expects the changes proposed in the Government's review of logistic support to the armed forces to have on the jobs of those employed in providing this logistical support. [130785]

The review team recently reported on the delivery of logistic support and made recommendations for improved effectiveness and efficiency. The proposed changes will have implications for Service and civilian personnel, but it is too early to say what the effects will be. These will be addressed in detail during the next phase of work, where some of the review's recommendations will be piloted and trialled. Any changes with significant investment or civilian employment implications will be subjected to thorough investment appraisals and trades union consultation before decisions are made. Personnel who are potentially affected will be kept closely in touch with developments. No changes will be made until we are confident that they can deliver better and more cost- effective logistic support to the front line.