Contracts for defence kit to be overhauled
Ministry of Defence officials have again been forced to overhaul their plans to enlist commercial knowhow to the management of the £14bn-budget agency that buys military equipment.
Having failed to effectively privatise Bristol-based Defence Equipment & Support last year, officials have instead been looking at outsourcing swathes of its functions.
There were going to be three major contracts put out for bids, which included getting the private sector to run IT and human resources at hopefully a cheaper cost than could be achieved in-house.
However, the most important contract, programme delivery, which includes controlling costs when buying kit from guns to tanks, has now been separated into four along the lines of the three armed forces and combined command. No one company would be allowed to win more than two of these deals.
There is speculation that this is in response to industry fears that the US engineering conglomerate Bechtel was red-hot favourite to land the deal. The California-based group was the only contractor willing to go ahead with a bid for the earlier plan to semi-privatise DE&S, before the process fell apart in December due to that lack of competitive tension. The MoD denies Bechtel has an advantage.
Defence Minister Phillip Dunne said: “DE&S has an unprecedented opportunity to deliver equipment increasingly on time, and at the agreed price, making sure the taxpayer always gets value for money.”
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 4 Gary Lineker involved in Twitter row after presenter rubbishes claims he will be warned by BBC over foul-mouthed tweets
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Slough train station deaths: Woman and child killed after being 'pushed in front of train'
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Jennifer Lawrence: Leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by users
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books
iJobs Money & Business
£65000 Per Annum Benefits + bonus: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: If you are...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40000: SThree: As a Recruitment Consultant, y...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...