Examination of Witnesses (Questions 140
WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2002
140. If there is an overspend what do they do;
do they come to you or do they have to take it out of something
(Ms Craig) The way in which the budget holders manage
their budget is nothing to do with me; that is entirely their
141. But you make sure they spend it properly?
(Ms Craig) No, it is their responsibility.
142. So they are entirely on their own; the
centre has no proper oversight to say "Look, we don't think
you're taking security seriously enough, we think you ought to
do x, y, or z"?
(Ms Craig) The centre has oversight over what the
budget holders spend money on. Generally speaking, they are given
an overall budget and they then have to live within that. They
box and cox on what they spend money on.
143. They decide how much they spend on security?
(Ms Craig) Yes.
144. How do you prevent a risk owner becoming
a risk taker?
(Ms Craig) That is his responsibility.
145. How would you check that? How do you know
if the advisers are not working to you?
(Ms Craig) With my audit capability I would be able
to see whether there was anything going wrong.
146. What is the sanction?
(Ms Craig) They will carry the can if they do get
147. That is not much good, is it? If somebody
carries the can, he gets pushed out on his pension and the damage
is left behind. I am very much in favour of decentralisation,
but the centre has to have ultimate control
(Ms Craig) I provide the certificate of assurance
at the end of the year, and the way in which I do that is to provide
a report to the Defence Audit Committee about what has been happening
and at that stage we can make any adjustments. But in discussion
with the TLB holders I can make adjustments throughout the year
to whatever they might be doing.
148. So you are reasonably happy with the structure?
(Ms Craig) I am quite happy with the way it works.
149. Do they have to provide a detailed plan
for the security of their operation in advance of the year beginning?
(Ms Craig) No, not to me.
150. Whom to then?
(Ms Craig) No, they do not.
151. To no one?
(Ms Craig) No.
152. How are you able to give this assurance
if you have no responsibility at all for auditing the work carried
out by the security advisers to the top-level budget holders?
(Ms Craig) They will first do their own auditing.
They all have inspection teams which are run by the principal
security advisers to make sure that they are carrying out security
responsibly. That would then be audited by my people to make sure
that the processes were being properly carried out. I would also
say that they are not left entirely on their own to do things.
We do set down minimum standards in JSP 440 which they all have
to abide by. Sometimes they are guidelines, sometimes mandatory.
So they are not left floating around to decide as they choose
153. This admirable bunch of the menno
(Ms Craig) No, there are no women.
154.all look spooks to me. What is their
career progress? Do they have degrees in security management from
the Scarman Centre in Leicester or intelligence background or
MoD Police background?
(Ms Craig) They are a mixture.
155. They look a mixture!
(Ms Craig) Most of them have got a security background.
If you take Air Commodore Morgan, he is head of the RAF Police
and Security Organisation. Most of them have a security background.
156. I hope they have. One further question:
Is what you have done part of the additional chapter of the SDR?
(Ms Craig) Not directly. We have not been really involved
in that. That is a much wider chapter than the security of the
157. So the additional chapter will make no
reference to policing and security?
(Ms Craig) I do not think so. It may make glancing
references but it has not been a key feature of the chapter.
158. Should it have been?
(Ms Craig) I do not think so.
(Ms Craig) I think that we are getting on quite well
as we are. We are doing our own reviews, as I said, of security.