Select Committee on Defence First Special Report


ANNEX G: Committee Recommendations: Progress

SESSION 1999-2000

First Report: The OCCAR Convention (HC 69) Published:6 December 1999
Government Reply: Sixth Special Report (HC 224) Published: 16 February 2000

  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
1.MoD to report to Parliament any case where OCCAR-managed contracts are not placed according to VFM Criteria or are awarded without consideration (para 8) OCCAR has been asked to include in its Annual Report details of contracts placed without full and open competition.        
2.To focus on efficiency savings arising from OCCAR's performance in our monitoring of its activities. (Para 13)        
3.MoD to notify the Committee if OCCAR's central office staffing levels exceed its target complement of 46. (Para 15) MoD agreed to notify Committee of any increase to the commonly funded element of OCCAR's central office.    
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
4.Admission of any further new members to OCCAR should not be contemplated until its effective operation has been established over a number of years. (Para 17) The Government would not wish to exclude the possibility of additional membership within the next few years.    
5.That the MoD reports annually as part of the Major Projects Report, to the same level of detail as in that document, on the budget and establishment of OCCAR, the progress of OCCAR projects in which the UK is involved and, in particular, on whether projects are proceeding on time and within budget. (Para 20) Major Projects Report will contain details of highest value equipment projects and these will include OCCAR-managed projects. MoD will consider ways of reporting on OCCAR more generally, including in Departmental Report and OCCAR's own annual report.    
6.That, when the balanced workshare provisions of the Convention are reconsidered, the UK press for the remnants of juste retour to be permanently abandoned (para 29) The Government's intention is to press for eventual removal of all artificial worksharing arrangements but other nations may not share these aspirations.    
 Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further GovernmentAction Notes
7.That the OCCAR Convention should be ratified, and that the House should give its approval to the Order in Council to give effect to that ratification. (Para 30)     The UK ratified the OCCAR convention on 3 May 2000. Entered into force 28 January 2001.




 
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