Ministry of Defence: Senior Responsible Owner
House of Lords

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Lord Astor of Hever (Shadow Minister, Defence; Conservative)

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

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.

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.

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Baroness Taylor of Bolton (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (International Defence and Security), Ministry of Defence; Labour)

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

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