To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Defence Academy's budget for 2009-10 is allocated to (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership contracts; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of each such contract against its objectives; and if he will make a statement.
The Defence Academy's budget for 2009-10 currently spends 28 per cent. on private finance initiatives (PFI) with the Joint Services Command and Staff college and Defence sixth form college and 8 per cent. on its public-private partnership contract (PPP) with Serco for the Shrivenham Campus Integrator Contract.
Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC)
The objectives of DSFC are to provide education services and support services in order to deliver an output of students each contract year qualified to study a technical subject at university, and subsequently to attend officer training or the Defence Engineering Science Group graduate scheme. The DSFC is currently achieving this with 98 per cent. of students who left the college in June 2009 securing entry onto an accredited technical course at a Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme Partner university; additionally the college achieved a 100 per cent. pass rate at 'A' level.
The objectives of the JSCSC PFI are to provide education services and support services in order to deliver command and staff training at junior, advanced and higher levels for all three services to a world class standard. An NAO report in 2002 stated that the JSCSC PFI was good value for money. The Customer Executive Board actively examines the rigorous course internal validation process and emerging customer requirements and directs specific changes to courses in order to improve the output in line with the defence mission. This robust evaluation process has confirmed that JSCSC continues to deliver command and staff training at junior, advanced and higher levels for all three services to a world class standard.
Shrivenham Campus Integrator Contract (CI)
The aim of the CI contract is to provide property and facilities management services to the Shrivenham site and assets. The MOD CI contract management team continually assesses, reviews and monitors contract performance against service delivery and contract objectives. The CI contract is monitored via a monthly review board where the MOD decides whether the contractor has met key performance indicators and via the MOD's Supplier and Customer Performance Assessment on a monthly and annual basis.