§ 79. Mr. Beaumont-Dark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new measures his Department is taking to achieve value for money in weapons and equipment procurement.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
The Ministry of Defence is continually searching for ways to improve value for money in its purchase of defence equipment. We take every opportunity to introduce competition, and our fortnightly "Contracts Bulletin", and other publications, such as "Selling to the MOD", seek to encourage the widest possible range of companies to compete for our business. We continue to press for taut contracting, insisting wherever possible on firm or fixed prices, or on incentive contracts with a ceiling price. We are developing a fully professional approach to project management by instituting better training for project managers, and by integrating the contracts, finance and quality assurance staff into teams under the project manager.