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Military Equipment: Finance

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what, in near cash terms, the (a) resource and (b) capital planned spend on each of his Department’s 20 largest equipment projects is for financial years 2008-09 to 2017-18. (207059)

Information on the Department’s planned spend across the acquisition timescale for the 20 largest projects, post major decision point measured by value based on future forecast procurement expenditure, and 10 largest projects, pre major decision point, can be found within the National Audit Office Major Projects Report 2007 Project Summary Sheets, (HC 98-11 Session 2007-08 dated 30 November 2007), as published by the Stationery Office and available on the NAO website at:

http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/nao_reports/07-08/070898ii.pdf

The detailed financial data form part of the internal advice to Ministers on the overall affordability of the Defence programme and contain information which is commercially sensitive. I am therefore withholding this information as its release would, or would be likely to prejudice commercial interests.