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Defence Plan

Volume 702: debated on Thursday 5 June 2008

My right honourable friend, the Secretary of State for Defence (Des Browne) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today publishing Defence Plan 2008-12, which sets out in one place for the first time both our key targets for the coming year and the resources the Government are making available to deliver these. As the plan makes clear, our highest priority remains operational success in Iraq and Afghanistan. Achieving this is down to the men and women who make defence happen, and who rise magnificently to the challenges they face. In this plan we set out much of the work that is under way to support them, including further investment in housing and accommodation.

We also plan to deliver a very ambitious programme of behavioural and organisational change. We have set in hand work to streamline the management of defence, including the Head Office and its relationship with the front line commands. And building on the successful formation of defence equipment and support a year ago, we are taking forward the next step in the series of business improvement programmes that will improve the way the MoD acquires and supports equipment. Defence does not stand still. As the plan shows, we are a dynamic and complex organisation meeting the security challenges of today while preparing for an uncertain future.