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.
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|