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Armed Forces: Equipment

Volume 706: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what matters are taken into account by the Ministry of Defence in estimating the whole-life costs of new equipment. [HL367]

When estimating whole-life costs for new equipment all phases (concept, assessment, demonstration, manufacture, in-service and disposal) of the equipment's life are taken into account.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government at what point in the approval system for defence procurement projects whole-life costs for that project are first estimated. [HL369]

Whole life costs for a project are taken into account in the approvals system as part of the investment appraisal which is undertaken when a decision is made between investment options. The precise point at which an investment appraisal takes place varies according to the circumstances of an individual project.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Statement by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 11 December (WS 70) that “any further significant changes to the equipment programme will be announced following the conclusion of the Ministry of Defence's current planning round in March”, whether they will publish at that time the equipment programme as a whole to aid understanding of such changes. [HL478]

We do not as a rule release annual funding profiles, such as those contained in the equipment programme, as these are planning assumptions that are inevitably subject to a significant amount of variation, and their availability could also prejudice our commercial interests.