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Defence: Procurement

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 October 2009, Official Report, columns 34-36WS, on defence acquisition (independent review), what arrangements he plans to make to provide greater visibility of project management costs in the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation to the Capability Sponsor in head office; and if he will make a statement. (295776)

We are currently reviewing how best to provide greater visibility of project management costs, and this will be addressed as part of the Strategy for Acquisition Reform to be published in the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 15 October 2009, Official Report, columns 34-36WS, on defence acquisition (independent review), what steps he plans to take (a) to improve the way in which projects in the equipment plan are costed, (b) to use better and more sophisticated techniques applied more consistently and (c) to ensure that investment decisions are based on the most reliable forecasts; and if he will make a statement. (295777)

We are examining options to improve our approach to costing, and will be addressing this as part of the Strategy for Acquisition Reform to be published in the new year.