Gambling on ‘Efficiency’: Defence Acquisition and Procurement Contents


Standing orders


1 Introduction

Terms of reference

The inquiry

2 Reforming defence acquisition

A long-running sore? Problems with defence acquisition and procurement

Transforming Acquisition and Procurement

The role of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

The transformation programme

Match fit? The front line commands and DE&S

3 The Defence Equipment Plan

A thermostat on the equipment budget? The SDSR and Equipment Plans

The SDSR and the Equipment Plan

The SDSR and the Equipment Plan: a reheated equipment programme?


4 The Single Source Regulations Office

The Yellow Book and the Currie review


The SSRO: an effective regulator?

Guaranteeing the independence of the SSRO

The role of the Chief Executive

5 Acquisition and a Defence Industrial Strategy

Defence industrial policy and an industrial strategy

What should underpin a new defence industrial policy?

Defining value for money

Procurement, the UK’s skills and industrial base, and sovereign capability

Investing in research and development

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

14 December 2017