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Royal School of Military Engineering: Private Finance Initiative

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons are for the delays encountered during the Royal School of Military Engineering Private Finance Initiative contract negotiations; what impact the delay in signing the contract has had on the training of military engineers; and what measures are being taken to ensure that contract signatures for similar projects are not delayed. (133341)

Work is ongoing to identify a solution for the Department that provides best value for money and is technically viable, on conclusion of which, the project, subject to successful completion of negotiations, is expected to proceed to contract award in the first half of 2008.

The Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) continues to deliver well-trained and motivated military engineers to meet the operational requirements of the armed forces. This output has not been affected by the ongoing RSME Project.