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Armed Forces: Procurement

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have undertaken any assessment of the likely impact of changes brought about as a result of the Defence Industrial Strategy on current procurement programmes; and what measures have been put in place to reduce any identified impacts. [HL1128]

The aim of the defence industrial strategy (DIS) is to improve the MoD's procurement activity and ensure that the capability requirements of our Armed Forces are met. We continue to monitor the implementation of the DIS and are confident that it will have a positive impact on current procurement programmes as well as future programmes.

Examples of where the DIS is already having a positive impact include: a strategic partnership with AgustaWestland which will ensure greater availability of helicopters; the formation of the Defence Equipment & Support organisation which will deliver through-life capability management within the MoD's acquisition community; and the appointment of the defence commercial director, who will shape MoD relationships with industry.