News Lord Butler himself was asked to investigate two cases of potential ministerial misconduct

Britain’s most senior civil servants should no longer be asked to investigate accusations of ministerial misconduct because they do not have the “powers” to get to the truth, the former Cabinet Secretary, Lord Robin Butler, has suggested.

MoD loses track of £6bn worth of equipment

The Ministry of Defence has been urged by MPs to get a grip of stock control problems which have left it unable to account for billions of pounds-worth of military equipment.

Simon Carr: Defence reform is more fog of war than clarity of purpose

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Liam Fox pledges end to MoD waste

Defence Secretary Liam Fox today pledged an end to waste and lack of control over major projects at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as he backed plans for a radical overhaul in organisation and management of the Whitehall department.

Fox warns of more cuts to armed forces

There will be further substantial changes to the armed forces, including significant cuts in the Army, Navy and RAF, the Defence Secretary Liam Fox said yesterday.

Liam Fox hails 'successful' Libya action

Military action in Libya has been "extraordinarily successful" and demonstrates Britain's continued scope for overseas missions in the wake of the defence review, Liam Fox said today.

Minister on warpath over leaked letters

Several prosecutions are likely following investigations into leaks of letters written to the Prime Minister by Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary predicted yesterday.

Prosecutions warning over MoD leaks

Investigations into leaks at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are likely to result in "a number" of prosecutions, Liam Fox said today.

Britain will remain a major power, says Defence Secretary

Britain will remain in the "premier league" of military powers despite the swingeing cuts facing the armed forces, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said today.

New nuclear option sought

A study will try to find an alternative to Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent – despite the signing of a £3bn deal for a new generation of missile-armed submarines.

Liam Fox challenges David Cameron foreign aid policy

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has challenged David Cameron's plan to enshrine the Government's overseas aid spending targets in law, it was revealed today.

Military staff to qualify for IVF

The military covenant will include a guarantee of three cycles of IVF treatment for personnel who need it, the Defence Secretary Liam Fox announced yesterday.

Video: Military covenant announced

Defence Secretary Liam Fox announces measures to support the armed forces.

Armed forces face new cuts

The armed forces face a further wave of cuts in the next financial year as the Ministry of Defence seeks to make more savings.

Cameron bows to covenant pressure

Prime Minister David Cameron has bowed to pressure to enshrine in law the state's duty to look after the welfare of the armed forces and their families.

'No wavering' on Libya, warns Liam Fox

The international community must show no sign of "wavering" in its resolve to protect the Libyan people from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces, Defence Secretary Liam Fox warned today.

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