MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
News Release (170/2008) issued by The Government News Network on 22
In response to the
House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on the National
Audit Office Major Projects Report 2007, Minister for Defence
Equipment and Support, Baroness Taylor, said:
"Support to current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is
our first priority. Over the last three years, we have delivered
over 300 Urgent Operational Requirements (UORs) from Mastiff to
Osprey body armour meeting the immediate needs of the troops on
the ground - as well as more than £10Bn of new equipment;
including Panther vehicles and more C17 transport aircraft.
"We are also managing more than 300 other equipment projects
to meet the needs of our Armed Forces for the future; with recent
contracts for the construction of two aircraft carriers and 86
more Viking and Jackal combat vehicles for operations. It is not
just UORs providing crucial support to operations, long-term
equipment programmes like the Harrier GR9s are giving our troops a
vital asset in the air. This is incontrovertible evidence of our
determination to ensure our Armed Forces get the equipment they need."
The Ministry of Defence will respond fully to Parliament on the
Report's recommendations and conclusions in due course.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Public Accounts Committee Ministry of Defence Major
Projects Report 2007, the 33rd Report of session 2007-2008, was
published on 22 July 2008.
2. The Committee took evidence from Permanent Under Secretary Sir
Bill Jeffrey, Chief of Defence Materiel Sir Kevin O'Donoghue
and from Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Equipment Capability)
Lt Gen Andrew Figgures on 17 March 2008.
3. The NAO Major Projects Report 2007 was published 29 November 2007.