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Orchid Programme

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for placing information about the (a) procurement and (b) operation of the Orchid programme in the public domain. (211225)

The Department currently has no plans to place any information in the public domain relating to either the procurement of the Orchid vehicle tracking system or its operational capacity/use. The Ministry of Defence Police have not used the Orchid system since 2004-05.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the decision to procure the Orchid programme. (211226)

The Orchid system was procured by the MOD police in 2000. The decision to procure the Orchid patrol vehicle tracking system was made in financial year 1999-2000. The system was identified as a safety solution, enabling tracking of MOD police vehicles (cars and boats) that were used by the area policing teams (APT) which had a roaming police role. APTs were restructured in 2004 and re-tasked without need to continue the Orchid contract.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which defence contractors have been engaged in supplying (a) components and (b) services relating to the Orchid programme. (211227)

The following defence contractors were engaged in supplying components and providing services which related to the Orchid patrol vehicle tracking system: Orchid, Global Telematics (now Thales Telematics), Siemens and VDO.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been allocated to the procurement of the Orchid programme. (211228)

The original purchase order for Orchid was approved for £352,500 (including VAT). By the end of the contract in 2005, a total of £385,860 had been spent. The £33,360 overspend was largely attributed to the extension of the contract to roll Orchid out to a further 14 vehicles in 2001.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent meetings he or officials from his Department have had with external suppliers on the Orchid programme. (211229)

The Department has not had any meetings with external suppliers on the Orchid programme since 2005.