Ministry of Defence Supplementary Estimate 2011-2012
HC 99, First Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Defence Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Ministry of Defence Supplementary Estimate 2011-2012 (HC 99)' welcomes the efforts of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to improve the management of assets and stock.
In the Estimate, the MoD has sought a net increase in Capital and Resource Expenditure of £2,804 million, which generated an additional cash requirement of £644 million. It has also sought a reduction in Annually Managed Expenditure of some £1,063 million.
The Committee recognise that such exercises, and the implementation of the Strategic Defence Security Review, are likely to result in significant write-offs, but the MoD are expected to have a greater understanding of the financial implications of these write-offs and greater certainty of the non-cash costs, by the time the Main Estimates and the Supplementary Estimates for 2012-13 are prepared.
It is recommended that, if the way expenditure is classified is changed in future, that the MoD should provide a comparison of expenditure on a like-for-like basis between years within its memorandum on the Supplementary Estimates, and should also provide full details of the items and amounts affected and the reasons for the changes.
In general, while the Committee has no argument with the content of the MoD's Supplementary Estimate, it is unreasonable to expect Committees and Parliament to scrutinise the Supplementary Estimates in less than three weeks.
More time is needed to consider the Supplementary Estimate, the associated memorandum and the MoD's responses to questions on the Estimate.
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