Select Committee on Defence First Special Report

ANNEX G: Committee Recommendations: Progress (continued)

Tenth Report: Major Procurement Projects (HC 528) Published: 6 July 2000
Government Reply: Thirteenth Special Report (HC 902) Published: 23 October 2000

 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
1.That the MoD provide us with its more detailed assessment underlying its choice for the BVRAAM missile. (Para 15) Accepted. The MoD will be in a position to provide more information once Raytheon are formally debriefed—expected around the end of 2000-01.     
2.That the MoD develop the tools and techniques it will need to assess rigorously the costs and benefits of bids which offer different routes to the full capability sought. (Para 16) The MoD has developed and used such comparative tools, most notably the 'Combined Operational Effectiveness and Investment Appraisal'. The decision to prefer the Meteor missile was robustly based.     
3.That the MoD takes advantage of its BVRAAM leadership role to keep momentum behind the project, including an early contract (Para 22) Accepted. The Integrated Project Team will give clear leadership to the project. Other partner countries have now confirmed their commitment to the project, and a Memorandum of Understanding and contract will be signed at the end of the 2000-01 year.     
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
4.That the MoD's decision on where the Ro Ro ships are built will recognise the wider industrial and strategic issues involved (para 29) In awarding the contract for such 'non warlike' vessels, the government were prohibited from discriminating in favour of national industries. The MoD ensured, however, that UK yards were given the opportunity to compete.    The MoD's selection of bidder for the Ro-Ro contract was announced in October 2000, and will involve four vessels built in Germany and two in Northern Ireland.
5.That the MoD explains the circumstances in which lead elements of the JRRF will be able to operate without engineering support capabilities (para 31) Some JRRF operations will not require heavy equipment, and others will need only that that can be transported by the A400M aircraft. Sealift will be able to transport full engineering support in "a timely fashion".     
6.That the MoD needs to keep the industrial implications of its A400M commitments under close review (para 35) Accepted. The MoD's aim is to ensure equitable work-sharing without detriment to overall value for money.     
7.That the costs and benefits underpinning the choice of engine for the A400M must be completely transparent, both to the MoD and to this Committee. (Para 35) The MoD aims to ensure that Airbus' selection is made on a commercial, competitive basis, and that Airbus give transparency to the selection.     
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
8.That the MoD must guard against reducing the capabilities sought for the [Bowman] communications system (in order to make its delivery more assured), if the result is a capacity with a functionality little advanced from its predecessor or unable to counter the new and sophisticated communication threats it will have to deal with. (Para 50) There are areas within the requirement where there is flexibility, but adjustments will not be allowed to detract from the system's overall capability.      
9.If Archer's proposals for Bowman do not cut the mustard, the MoD should run a new competition without delay. (Para 57) Archer's proposals were subsequently rejected by the MoD, and a new competition launched.     
10.That the new approach to the definition of in-service dates being adopted by the MoD, be universally applied, including to Eurofighter . (para 59) The new definition of in-service date will be applied to the majority of cases, but not Eurofighter where the definition was already agreed with collaborative partners.     

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