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Armed Forces: Procurement

Volume 688: debated on Wednesday 17 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In light of the Enabling Acquisition Change study and the decision by the Defence Academy Policy Board to develop the role of the Defence College of Management and Technology, what progress has been made towards ensuring the coherent delivery of acquisition training across the Ministry of Defence. [HL1129]

In response to the Enabling Acquisition Change study and the Defence industrial strategy, the Defence College of Management of Technology (DCMT), within the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, has been designated as the lead establishment for acquisition education and training. Accordingly, the DCMT is taking an active role in helping to develop new training and education as part of the people skills and behaviours workstream of the defence acquisition change programme.

In order to bring greater coherence to acquisition training and education delivery, the Defence Procurement Agency and Defence Logistics Organisation training delivery organisations, to be known together as Defence Acquisition Learning, will join the DCMT with effect from 1 April 2007. Governance arrangements are being established, including an acquisition learning customer board, with a view to ensuring that the training and education provided is coherent and meets the needs of the MoD in the most efficient and effective manner. Furthermore, the DCMT is engaged with industry in the provision of education and training in areas of common interest, including acquisition.