def070906 - no. 68

Session 2006-07, 6 September 2007

New Inquiry

New Inquiry


The Defence Committee is undertaking an inquiry to assess progress in the Ministry of Defence’s procurement and support of defence equipment.

On 1 April 2007 the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) and the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) merged to form Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S). The new organisation has an annual spend of £16 billion, some 43% of the defence budget. The Defence Committee has undertaken annual inquiries examining the performance of the DPA against its key targets and the progress of a selection of defence equipment programmes. For this year’s inquiry, the Committee plans to examine:

  • The performance of the DPA against it key targets for its last year of operation (2006-07);

  • How DE&S is developing.

The Committee also plans to examine the progress of major equipment projects which it has previously reported on, including the Future Carrier and Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) programmes.

In its Defence Procurement 2006 report, the Committee welcomed an improvement in the DPA’s performance, but highlighted continuing problems with some major equipment programmes and identified skill shortages within the MoD as a serious problem.

The Committee would welcome written evidence to the inquiry. In particular, it would welcome industry’s assessment of the performance of DE&S. This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 12 October 2007.

The Defence Committee will be taking evidence from General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue KCB CBE, Chief of Defence Materiel, head of DE&S, on Tuesday 30 October 2007 at 10.30 am. This session will take place at Westminster.


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 Bernard Jenkin MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release: No. 68


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