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Ministry of Defence: Senior Responsible Owner

Volume 706: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence establishes a single point of accountability for each defence procurement project. [HL411]

To ask Her Majesty's Government for which projects the Ministry of Defence has appointed a senior responsible owner (SRO); who the SRO is in each case; and when the SRO was appointed. [HL412]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the general responsibilities and powers of a senior responsible owner of a Ministry of Defence project or programme. [HL413]

The general responsibilities and powers of a senior responsible owner (SRO) of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) project or programme are in line with those defined in the relevant best practice guidance issued by the Office of Government Commerce.  An SRO is responsible for ensuring that the project or programme meets its objectives and realises the expected benefits.  He or she has clear authority and personal responsibility for the successful delivery of the project or programme.

All projects and programmes in MoD are required to have an SRO or equivalent.  Within MoD, the SRO designation is currently reserved for senior staff responsible for the major projects and programmes to deliver significant military capability and business change. These SROs are personally accountable to the Defence Board.  For other projects and programmes, those filling the equivalent role are given an alternative designation, such as single point of accountability. Notwithstanding the designation, the role and responsibilities are broadly the same.

The current SROs for the major projects and programmes are listed in the table below:

Project or programme

Post title

Name

Date of appointment

Defence Change Portfolio

2nd Permanent Secretary

Ursula Brennan

22/10/2008

Project HYPERION

Commander-in-Chief LAND

General Sir David Richards

05/03/2008

BORONA programme

Commander Regional Forces

Lt Gen Nick Parker

07/09/2007

Defence Acquisition Change Programme

Permanent Secretary

Bill Jeffrey

July 2006

Defence E-Commerce Service

Chief Information Officer

John Taylor

Prior to 08/06/2005

Defence Health Change Programme

Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Health)

Lt Gen Robert Baxter

04/06/2007

Defence Information Infrastructure

Chief Information Officer

John Taylor

Prior to 08/06/2005

Defence Intelligence Modernisation Programme

Chief of Defence Intelligence

Air Mshl Stuart Peach

March 2006

Defence Individual Training Management

Director General Training & Education

Maj Gen Tim Inshaw

05/12/2008

Defence Training Review

Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel)

VAdm Peter Wilkinson

28/08/2007

Defence Travel Modernisation

Chief Information Officer

John Taylor

Prior to 08/06/2005

Project BELVEDERE

Commander Regional Forces

Lt Gen Nick Parker

07/09/2007

Streamlining

Director General Strategy

Tom McKane

04/09/2008

Military Flying Training System

Deputy Commander-in-Chief Personnel Air Command

Air Mshl Stephen Dalton

21/07/2008

Whole Fleet Management

Director General Logistics Support & Equipment LAND

Maj Gen Chris Deverell

10/12/2008

Nuclear Deterrence Capability

Director General Equipment

Guy Lester

05/05/2008

Carrier Strike

Capability Manager (Precision Attack) designate

RAdm Amjad Hussein

20/12/2008

Combat ID

Capability Manager (Information Superiority)

AVM Carl Dixon

03/07/2008

Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

Capability Manager (Information Superiority)

AVM Carl Dixon

03/07/2008

Medium Weight Capability

Capability Manager (Battlespace Manoeuvre)

Maj Gen Chris Wilson

November 2006

Helicopters

Capability Manager (Battlespace Manoeuvre)

Maj Gen Chris Wilson

13/11/2007

Urgent Operational Requirements

Capability Manager (Precision Attack)

RAdm Paul Lambert

30/10/2006

Network Enabled Capability and Command and Battlespace Management

Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability)

Lt Gen Andrew Figgures

18/05/2007

Counter Improvised Explosive Device Capability

Capability Manager (Battlespace Manoeuvre)

Maj Gen Chris Wilson

14/06/2007

Test and Evaluation

Capability Manager (Battlespace Manoeuvre)

Maj Gen Chris Wilson

28/08/2007

Future Core Network

Capability Manager (Information Superiority)

AVM Carl Dixon

03/07/2008