Department of Health: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current (a) underspend and (b) overspend is for each of his Department's equipment projects that have progressed beyond main gate approval.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) delivers a significant number of equipment projects that have received a main gate approval, and responsibility for their budgets lie with the Front Line Commands. As such, detailed budget information for all equipment projects is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All projects are, however, monitored and controlled at a level appropriate to their cost, and it is the responsibility of the Commands to address forecast overspends through the Department's project approval process.

In January 2017 the MOD published a project delivery performance summary within its Equipment Plan statement, replacing the Major Projects Report from the National Audit Office (NAO). This summarised the delivery performance of the largest equipment procurement projects that had reached the demonstration and manufacture phases of their project life cycle. For the majority, that means the projects received a main gate approval. The project population is consistent with that used by the NAO, covering a range of industry sectors and major equipment types. The report includes details of the cost, time and quality delivery forecasts for each project, including the cost variation since original approval.

The Defence Equipment Plan 2016 can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-defence-equipment-plan-2016

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