Rather than posturing to the Conservative Party over Europe the Defence Secretary should get to grips with defence procurement – Jim Murphy MP

Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, in response to the Public Accounts Committee report, ‘Ministry of Defence: Equipment Plan 2012–2022 and Major Projects Report 2012’, said:

“Rather than posturing to the Conservative Party over Europe, the Defence Secretary should get to grips with defence procurement.

“This is the second damaging report which has proven the Defence Secretary’s claims to have balanced the budget to be totally false.

“There are unanswered questions and unfinished business in defence procurement reform, but unfortunately the Defence Secretary is wasting time and money.

“This report shows that new equipment may not be able to be purchased in future as there is insufficient slack in the budget. The future funding settlement for defence equipment is uncertain, despite Prime Ministerial promises. The Defence Secretary is failing to reform procurement practices to control programmes’ timescales.

“We welcome any progress, but further work must be done to professionalise defence procurement, ensure contingency is sufficient and that industry partners deliver to targets for time and cost.

“This is essential work not just for the Department’s baseline but to give our Forces what they need on the frontline.”

The report can be read in full here.

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