Updated version of the Defence
198. At our evidence session on 21 November 2007
for our inquiry into the UK/US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty
we asked when the MoD planned to publish the updated version of
the DIS. The updated version was originally expected to be published
in December 2007. Baroness Taylor, then Minister for Defence Equipment
and Support, told us that:
I think the date that was previously suggested was
13th, and I have just written to you, Mr Chairman, to say that
as I have come into this position I want to review the whole situation,
so we will not be publishing anything on 13th. I think we need
to make sure that anything we publish on the Defence Industrial
Strategy dovetails in with decisions we are taking on the planning
round. I think it would be foolish for me, having just come into
this, to make statements on 13th in advance of other work that
is going on.
199. At our evidence session on 4 November 2008 for
our inquiry into the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts
2007-08, Sir Bill Jeffrey acknowledged that the MoD had "a
longstanding commitment to reissue" the DIS. However, he
said that the MoD had taken the view, which industry supported,
that it would be "pretty pointless to reissue the Defence
Industrial Strategy until we completed the examination of the
We reminded him that the MoD had told us last year that the delay
to publishing the updated version of the DIS was to await the
outcome of Planning Round 08. This year, the delay was to await
the outcome of the short examination of the equipment programme.
We pressed him on when he expected the updated version of the
DIS to be published. He told us that "I hope by next year
 that it will have been issued".
200. The MoD's memorandum set out its position regarding
the updated version of the DIS and its assessment of the impact
on industry of the delay in publishing:
The Department remains firmly committed to the Defence
Industrial Strategy and has engaged closely with industry to develop
it further. Work continues on developing the policy framework
and examining the medium and long term equipment programme issues
that will inform the industrial sector strategies. We are discussing
the revision of the Strategy with the National Defence Industries
Council; and through bilateral meetings with individual companies
at all levels.
We do not believe that the lack of an updated
version is having a significant impact on the achievement of the
original DIS objectives, where we continue to make good progress.
The principles set out in the original DIS still underpin all
MoD's acquisition activity and are driving transformation that
will deliver equipment to the front line at value for money for
201. We followed up the issue about the delay in
reissuing the DIS with CDM and, specifically, the claim that industry
supported the delay. CDM told us that:
I sit on the NDIC [National Defence Industries Council],
and industry quite openly and publicly at the NDIC were clear
that they did not want DIS 2 published until it could be published
in its totality; and that cannot be done until PR 09 is complete.
At some point we will be able to publish DIS 2. Industry, I think,
would have liked it a year ago, or two years ago; but until we
have got our mind round the sector strategies and exactly the
sort of funding that might be available for the various strategies,
industry would rather stick with DIS 1.
CDM was "absolutely clear" that the MoD
would publish "DIS 2 as soon as we are able to".
202. Most of the memoranda submitted to our inquiry
referred to the updated version of the DIS. Examples of references
to the updated version of the DIS from the written evidence submitted
to our inquiry are provided in table 13 below.
Table 13: References to the updated version of the DIS in the written evidence received