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Public Accounts Committee
Report published 11 May 2018. Government response published 30 July 2018.
Every year the Public Accounts Committee examines the Government’s Defence Equipment Plan. The plan is a ten-year view of the expected cost of equipment and support for the Ministry of Defence. For 2018 to 2027, the expected spend is £179.7 billion.
The National Audit Office (NAO) look at the plan annual, at the request of the Secretary of State for Defence. Reviewing the 2018 to 2027 strategic, the NAO concluded that:
The NAO were also concerned that the Department had little financial flexibility to help them move money between budgets and address problems. The Department is already managing an overspend in 2017-18.
The Public Accounts Committee has discussed Defence Equipment with the Ministry of Defence already this Parliament. At this session, the Committee will ask whether the Department how the Department plans to deliver its equipment plan in a financially sustainably way over the long term.
Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the inquiry on the Defence Equipment Plan 2018–27.
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