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Armed Forces: Procurement

Volume 691: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What changes have been made to the scrutiny and assurance processes for defence acquisition following the Enabling Acquisition Change report. [HL3034]

Changes made following the Enabling Acquisition Change report include the involvement of the Defence Management Board in the most significant investment decisions, the addition of the defence commercial director to membership of the department's investment approvals board and the delegation of the approval of the lower value lower risk projects to the new defence equipment and support organisation. Other changes that will be introduced shortly include a more streamlined scrutiny process and, for larger projects, the inclusion of support costs in main gate equipment approvals, independent cost estimates and the requirement to carry out commercial due diligence before contract signature.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Ministry of Defence will establish a programme office, as recommended by the Office of Government Commerce, to ensure coherent progress of procurement projects and programmes. [HL3081]

The Ministry of Defence manages a wide range of procurement projects and change programmes which can include elements of equipment, estate management and support. All programmes and projects are subject to appropriate scrutiny and are managed and co-ordinated at the appropriate level but, given the scale and diversity of the portfolio, there is no single programme office. The various organisations tasked with managing this portfolio have robust performance and risk management arrangements in place with agreed targets which reflect Office of Government Commerce best practice.