Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the National Audit Office report, “Carrier Strike: The 2012 reversion decision”, published today, said:
“This lays bare this government’s incompetence.
“Flawed Ministerial decisions have wasted millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money at a time of mass service sackings and cuts to pensions and allowances.
“The aircraft carrier programme is essential to national security as it provides a floating mobile sovereign presence anywhere in the world. It is now clear that this was put at risk by Ministerial mistakes.
“This report reveals that despite Government claims to have balanced the equipment budget part of the carrier capability remains unfunded and risk remains in the programme. There are real gaps in the Government’s budget and equipment plans.
“There must now be changes to risk assessment and decision-making processes within the Department and real lessons learnt for future major project procurements.”
The full report can be found here.