Select Committee on Defence First Special Report


ANNEX E: Committee Recommendations: Progress (continued)

Eighth Report: Strategic Defence Review, HC 138, published on 10 September 1998
Government Response: Sixth Special Report, HC 1198, published on 3 December 1998

  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
11.That ballistic missile defence R&D, etc is adequately funded (para 207) Noted (HC 1198 para 38) See Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158     
16.To monitor new carriers' progress (incl. air groups) (para 236) N/ASee Eighth Report, 1998-99, HC 544 and Tenth Report, Session 1999-2000, HC 528   Committee visited project team leader for the future c\arrier and carrier-borne aircraft programmes in July 2000. Evidence to be taken in 2001 Major Procurement Projects inquiry.
18.That future SDEs have a clear statistical analysis of actual training times and operational deployments under Army's new 'readiness cycle' structure, identify causes of significant deviations and shortfalls, and set out proposals to remedy them (para 241) No responseSee Eighth Report, 1998-99, HC 544 and Second Report, Session 1999-2000 and Second Report, Session 1999-2000.     
30.That MoD make transparent all options considered for future acquisition of airlift fleet (para 298) Noted for further action (HC 1198, paras 79ff) See Eighth Report, Session 1998-99, HC 544; and Tenth Report 1999-2000, HC 528.`   MoD's Airlift final decisions examined in Tenth Report 1999-2000, HC 528
32.To monitor how Ro-Ros and additional airlift are acquired; and use of PPP for equipment more generally. (Para 301) N/ASee Eighth Report, 1998-99, HC 544; and Tenth Report 1999-2000, HC 528   MoD's Ro-Ro decision announced October 2000.
35.To examine the basis of decision to have PPP in DERA (para 344) N/ASee Ninth Report, 1998-99, HC 616; and Ninth Report 1999-2000, HC 462   MoD decided in July 2000 to proceed with PPP for DERA.
38.To monitor progress against Army manpower shortages (para 361) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158   Committee conducting inquiry into personnel issues, report due.
39.That proposals for a new pay structure are tailored to fit the special needs of the Armed Forces (para 366) No responseInquiry to be undertaken during 2000   Committee conducting inquiry into personnel issues, report due.
40.That there is careful evaluation made of education and training (para 368) See HC 1198, paras 98-101 Inquiry to be undertaken during 2000   Committee conducting inquiry into personnel issues, report due.
41.That future SDEs report planned v. actual improvements to single living accommodation (para 369) No responseSee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158   Committee conducting inquiry into personnel issues, report due.
42.To monitor ethnic minorities and women numbers (para 374) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158   Committee conducting inquiry into personnel issues, report due.
43.To monitor progress with qualitative and quantitative measures of the effectiveness of recruitment/retention programmes, and the results (para 377) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158   Committee conducting inquiry into personnel issues, report due.
46.To monitor progress against 3% efficiency targets and whether 'genuine efficiency' claimed. (Para 392) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158   Evidence received on major efficiency measures. Further evidence to be taken in 2001.
47.To monitor introduction of RAB (paras 402) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158   Key documents monitored. Further evidence to be taken in 2001.
49.To monitor the quality of financial information given to Parliament and the extent to which the defence budget is sufficient to implement the SDR undertakings (para 405) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158   Briefed on 2000 Spending Review. Further evidence to be taken in 2001.




 
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