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Defence Secretary responds to report on Major Projects

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said, following the National Audit Office's publication yesterday of a report analysing the cost, time and performance of the MOD's 15 largest military equipment projects, that the Department has got a grip on its equipment programme.

The National Audit Office's (NAO's) report says that action taken by the Ministry of Defence to balance its overall budget in the short term following the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) has contributed to a near £500m in-year cost increase in the 15 largest defence projects.

The NAO adds that, when coupled with previous cost growth, these projects are now £6bn above forecasts made when the main investment decisions were taken.

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