def060622 - No. 52

Session 2005-06, 22 June 2006

Publication of Seventh Special Report


Publication of Seventh Special Report

Publication of Government Response on the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05

The Defence Committee is publishing the Government’s Response to its report on the Ministry of Defence’s Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 (Seventh Special Report of Session 2005-06, Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05: Government Response to the Committee’s Sixth Report of Session 2005-06, HC 1293) on Thursday 22 June at 11.00 am.

The Committee’s report on the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05  was published on 20 April 2006 as HC 822.

The Government response welcomed the Committee’s report and noted that:

  • Action was being taken to address the manning shortfall in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines and to reduce the shortfall in medical personnel.

  • Only £280 million of the reported £400 million savings in logistics costs could be substantiated. There will be more robust audit trails for the efficiency achievements reported in the future.

  • Data on the performance of Defence Agencies in the Annual Report and Accounts 2006-06 will be improved to reflect the Committee’s comments.

A lessons learned review is to be held into the Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) programme - a programme for four ships which has experienced substantial cost increases. A review has been undertaken into the £147 million loss relating to a building at AWE Aldermaston and the lessons learned have been promulgated.

The Government still expects the MoD’s Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 to be published before the Summer recess.

 NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Mr Mark Lancaster MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release: No. 52

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