Ministry of Defence: Redundancy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th July 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of planned civilian redundancies within his Department on the operational capabilities of the armed forces.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to outsource any of its jobs and functions to the private sector; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian jobs and functions within his Department have been outsourced to the private sector in each of the last five years.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is critically reviewing all activities and functions undertaken by the civilian workforce. We will review and test, based on value for money assessments, how these activities and functions could best be done in the future. The achievement of the Department's objectives, including the delivery of front-line operational capabilities, remains our priority. Alternative delivery models will be evaluated.

The Department outsourced 4,090 staff between Financial Year (FY) 2012-13 and FY2016-17 (inclusive), broken down by year as follows: FY2012-13 (380 staff); FY2013-14 (zero staff); FY2014-15 (2,355 staff); FY2015-16 (1,130 staff) and FY2016-17 (225 staff).

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