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MPs Slate Timescale of MoD's Strategic Review

Magazine article Public Finance

MPs Slate Timescale of MoD's Strategic Review

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The Commons defence select committee has criticised the 'startling' speed of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, which they said risked major errors in pruning the Ministry of Defence's budget.

The committee's report on the review, released on September 15, said: 'The rapidity with which [it] is being undertaken is quite startling.'

It warned: 'We conclude that mistakes will be made and some of them may be serious.'

The MPs complained that the MoD had been asked to produce costings for the review before fully exploring potential benefits from better procurement management. The result could be misaligned resources and manpower shortages, the report said.

The review was launched in June by Defence Secretary Li'am Fox. He called it 'an opportunity for radical thinking', adding: 'All defence programmes will need to demonstrate their relevance and value for money. …

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