Ministry of Defence: Contracts

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports that the Ministry of Defence's management of outsourcing contracts has wasted £3.9 billion, what plans they have to review such contracts for defence work.

Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) routinely reviews and monitors all its contracts, including outsourced services.

In February 2019, the Government Commercial Function launched the 'Outsourcing Playbook' which sets out Government policy and guidelines on outsourcing procurement activities. The aim is to improve both the decision making around outsourcing, and the quality of contracts.

The MOD has been engaged throughout the development of the 'Outsourcing Playbook' and is now implementing its policies.

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