Carrier Strike: Supplementary Report: Ministry of Defence
HC 1657, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12
- National Audit Office (NAO)
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The 'Carrier Strike: Supplementary Report: Ministry of Defence (HC 1657)', has been compiled by the NAO, following access to briefing papers held by the National Security Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.
The NAO had been denied access to the briefing papers when preparing its first report on the project (published in July 2011). Following concerns raised by the Committee of Public Accounts and in Parliament more generally, the Secretary to the Cabinet wrote to the NAO in September agreeing that it should have access to four key National Security papers relating to the Strategic Defence and Security Review decisions on Carrier Strike.
As a result of its examination of this documentation, the NAO has revised the relevant part of its original value for money conclusion on the project, stating now that the strategic policy decision to refocus investment in both the carriers and the linked combat aircraft was well-informed.
The papers examined the implications for:
military capability; and
interoperability with allies.
Each option has been supported by detailed analyses of the industrial implications and the choice between retaining Harrier or Tornado aircraft.
The Report notes that it will become apparent whether the Ministry of Defence can secure value for money in implementing the strategic policy decision only when the Department fully develops and costs detailed delivery plans to support robust investment decisions, due in late 2012.
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