Select Committee on Defence First Special Report

ANNEX G: Committee Recommendations: Progress (continued)

Sixth Report: The Appointment of the New Chief Scientific Adviser (HC 318) Published:9 May 2000
Government Reply: Ninth Special Report (HC 731) Published: 2 August 2000

  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
1.The Committee to continue to monitor closely the MoD's performance in managing risk in its equipment programme. (Para 11) NotedThe Committee's Tenth Report (HC 528) subsequently examined risk management in connection with specific major procurement projects.     
2.That in future, Accounting Officer Directions on departures from cost-effectiveness considerations are also submitted to the Chairman of the Defence Committee. (Para 14) The government invited the Committee to raise this with the Public Accounts Committee.        
3.That the MoD must at the very least distil from the Defence Research Committee's report those matters that summarise the state of health of the programme, leaving out if necessary the recommendations and other 'advice' it provides for its Ministerial audience. (Para 15) The Defence Research Committee's report, when submitted, will constitute 'advice to ministers' and as such will not be provided to Parliament. However, "the MoD is always ready to provide factual information on the status of the research programme."        

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