To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2012, Official Report, column 940W, on Harrier aircraft,
(1) what monetary value was given to the associated support equipment included in the sale of the Harrier aircraft;
(2) what the original cost was of the associated support equipment included in the sale of the Harrier aircraft to the US; and if he will make a statement;
(3) which company or companies invoiced his Department for (a) £0.7 million and (b) £0.4 million for consultancy services associated with the sale of Harrier aircraft to the US; what the consultancy services provided were; and how many hours of work, by how many consultants, these payments were for.
The sale value of 72 Harrier airframes spares and associated support equipment to the US Government was negotiated and agreed as a consolidated package.
The majority of support equipment used to support the former Harrier fleet has been acquired since 1996 but information on the original purchase cost is no longer held. At the time of the sale to the US Government the value of support equipment recorded on the Ministry of Defence Supply Central Computer System (SCCS) was approximately £15 million. However, not all equipment used to support the Harrier is registered on the SCCS.
External assistance to both the termination of the Harrier contracts (£0.7 million) and the disposal of the aircraft (£0.4 million) was obtained through an existing contract with AlixPartners. The support provided covered the provision of specialist negotiation assistance in the closure of the Harrier airframe and engine contracts, and negotiation advice and assistance in the preparation for, and conduct of, sale negotiations with the US. This was provided by a core of three consultants, with occasional additional support from two senior partners and represented a total of 206 man-days.