Select Committee on Defence Seventh Special Report


ANNEX E: Progress on Committee Recommendations and Undertakings from Previous Sessions

    UPDATE OF RECOMMENDATION'S FROM SESSION 1997-98 ON WHICH FURTHER ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN

  First Report: Peace Support Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina (HC 403) Published: 8 December 1997

  Government Reply: Second Special Report, Session 1997-98 (HC 535) Published 9 February 1998

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6.That the MoD takes an early opportunity to review its practice and procedures in respect of voting by troops stationed abroad and report the findings back to this Committee. (Para 29) Govt notes recommendation.MoD will be closely involved in Home Office usual review of general election. To be pursued.Review undertaken Note published in Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144

  Fifth Report: The Reserves Call Out Order 1998, Etc., HC 868, published 10 August 1998

  Government Response: Fourth Special Report, HC 1109, published 3 November 1998

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3.To monitor the effect of initiatives under future Orders. Work is in hand to continue improvements. See Sixth Report, Session 1998-99, HC 860 and Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412.    
  Sixth Report: The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, HC 621, published 6 July 1998

  Government Response: Fourth Special Report, HC 1109 published 3 November 1998

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To conduct an inquiry at an early date Once Ministers have finalised their plans for DERA, which will look closely at the justification for and financial consequences of their decisions. (Para 32) MoD look forward to helping Committee's inquiry. See Ninth Report, Session 1998-99, HC 616; Ninth Report Session 1999-2000, HC 462 and Fifth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 289 MoD proposed, in July 2000, revised model ("core competence") for PPP DERA divided into Defence Science & Technology Laboratory and Qinetiq plc from 1 July 2001.
  Seventh Report: Aspects of Defence Procurement and Industrial Policy, HC 675, published 23 July 1998

  Government Response: Fifth Special Report, HC 1131, published 3 November 1998

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6.That access to strategically important technologies and manufacturing capabilities, is secured by ensuring mutual inter-dependence. (para ?) Agreed. Security of supply remains a key MoD focus, as part of wider VFM assessment. See Fifth Report, Session 1998-99, HC 274. First Report, Session 1999-2000, HC 69 and First Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115 Security of supply provisions included in Six-Nation Framework Agreement (First Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115)  
  Eighth Report: Strategic Defence Review, HC 138, published on 10 September 1998

  Government Response: Sixth Special Report, HC 1198, published on 3 December 1998

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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.   To be considered in context of US NMD proposals
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 carrier 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 response. See Eighth Report, 1998-99, HC 544, Second Report, Session 1999-2000, HC 158 and Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   Slippage in JRRF noted in Seventh Report, Session 2000-01.
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—progress to be monitored in future major procurement project Reports.
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—progress to be monitored in future major procurement project Reports.
35.To examine the basis of decision to have PPP in DERA. (Para 344) N/ASee Ninth Report, 1998-99, HC 616; Ninth Report 1999-2000, HC 462; and Fifth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 289..   MoD decided in July 2000 to proceed with PPP for DERA. DERA divided into DSTL and Qnetiq plc from 1 July 2001.
38.To monitor progress against Army manpower shortages. (Para 361) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158 and Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.    
39.That proposals for a new pay structure are tailored to fit the special needs of the Armed Forces. (Para 366) No response Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.    
40.That there is careful evaluation made of education and training. (Para 368) See HC 1198, paras 98-101 Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I. Defence Training Review published 27 March 2001  
41.That future SDEs report planned v. actual improvements to single living accommodation. (Para 369) No response See Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158 and Second report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I and Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.    
42.To monitor ethnic minorities and women numbers. (Para 374) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158 and Second report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.   Committee commended progress.
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 and Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-i.    
46.To monitor progress against 3% efficiency targets and whether 'genuine efficiency' claimed. (Para 392) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158 and Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   MoD conducting internal review of efficiency programme. Committee to consider its outcome.
47.To monitor introduction of RAB. (Paras 402) N/ASee Second Report, 1999-2000, HC 158 and Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   Fourth 'trigger point' passed.
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 and Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   First Resource Accounts to be published for 2001-02
   

  


 Progress on Committee Recommendations and Undertakings from Previous Sessions

  UPDATE OF RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SESSION 1998-99 ON WHICH FURTHER ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN

  First Report: The Strategic Defence Review: Territorial Army Restructuring (HC 70) Published: 22 February 1999

  Government Reply: Second Special Report, Session 1998-99 (HC 417) Published: 5 May 1999

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1.That the forthcoming review of the Territorial and Auxiliary Volunteer Reserve Associations should be used as an opportunity to demonstrate that the MoD is genuinely seeking opinions on its proposals (Para 5). The Government considered the Committee's criticism of the consultation process as misplaced. See Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412.    
3.That the position in relation to the establishment of Permanent Staff Instructors be regularly reviewed and that should it become clear that training is falling below levels necessary for the effectiveness of the TA to be maintained, it will be increased. (Para 13). The Government that the new structure would provide sufficient numbers of PSIs. The MoD would continue to monitor training and where training standards are not being achieved that they would be corrected. See Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412.   Monitored in quarterly reports from MoD to Committee.
6.To monitor closely the recruited strength of the medical services to see if the MoD are successful in their objectives. (Para 30) The Government shared the Committee's concern about the challenge involved in expanding the volunteer medical services. See Seventh Report, Session 1998-99, Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412, and Seventh Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.    
7.That the MoD be responsive to TAVRA advice on the disposal of TA centres, and where that advice is found to be valid for it to be acted upon by the MoD, even if this involves reconsidering individual sites earmarked for sale, and that the Minister be able to defend choices made on 'political' rather than commercial grounds (Para 34) The Government reviewed those cases where it appeared that a decision was made on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information. A few decisions were subsequently overturned. See Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412    
8.That control of the £12m allocated to the Cadets should be given to the TAVRAs, and that they should be free to invest any savings accrued from this programme in upgrading and refurbishing existing accommodation for the Cadets. (Para 36)    See Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412    
12.That the MoD implement our proposed system of reporting on the effects of the restructuring process from March/April 1999 (paragraph 48). The Government agreed to the Committee's proposed system of reporting See Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412   Quarterly reports received and complete.

  

  Second Report: The Appointment of the new Head of Defence Export Services HC 147 Published: 31 March 1999  Government Reply: Fourth Special Report, HC 512 Published: 21 June 1999  
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1.That the MoD provide a more systematic and detailed assessment of the full costs and benefits of defence exports for the UK. (Paragraph 12) MoD have set this work in hand, and will inform the Committee of its conclusions when completed (para 6). Not received, to be pursued   MoD's analysis due for completion 'later this [2000] year' (HC Deb, 28 February 2000, c 35w). Still awaited.
3.That the resources needed by DESO should be reassessed by the MoD. Any significant changes proposed should be notified to the Committee. (Paragraph 28) MoD undertook to notify the Committee of any significant changes in DESO resources (para 10).   No notification received  
  Third Report: The Future of NATO: The Washington Summit HC 39 Published: 13 April 1999

  Government Reply: Third Special Report, HC 459 Published: 21 May 1999

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15.That the Washington Summit produce a clear statement of NATO's view on the proposed integration of the WEU and the EU. (Para 93) The government considers this premature (HC 459, paragraph 45). See Eighth Report, Session 1999-2000; and evidence taken on 28 March 2001, HC 390-i.   Proposals of the EU Helsinki Summit in December 1999 includes proposals for institutional change for EU/WEU. Capabilities Conference in November 2000. Further developments announced at Nice Summit, December 2000. Future of WEU to be decided by July 2001. Further Capabilities Conference proposed. Helsinki Headline goal due to be implemented by 2003.
    Fifth Report: Security of Supply and Future of Royal Ordnance Factory Bishopton (HC 274) Published: 28 May

  Government Reply: Sixth Special Report (HC 725) Published: 14 July 1999

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2.That the MoD's Stockpile Planning Guidance review of war stocks levels, needs not only to readdress in a fundamental way the requirements of the post-Cold War security environment but also to take into account the lessons of NATO's operations in Bosnia and now in Serbia. (Para 36) MoD is examining the experiences of Kosovo, which will be subsumed in the 'Stockpile Planning Guidance' study, the results of which will be sent to the Committee.This MoD study is validating the assumptions behind war stock calculations using military judgement panels, and 'different stockpiling principles might [then] be applied'. See Fourteenth Report, Session 1999-2000.   Results of stockpile review still awaited.
4.To be informed of the results of the MoD study examining war stock requirements as soon as they are ready. (Para 38) An 'overview' of the study's results will be provided in due course. See Fourteenth Report, Session 1999-2000.   Results of stockpile review still awaited.
  Sixth Report: The Reserves Call Out Order 1999 and Progress of Territorial Army Restructuring (HC 860) Published: 8 November 1999

  Government Reply: Second Special Report (HC 220) Published: 15 February 2000

6.That the MoD demonstrate that the post-SDR establishment of the TA can successfully accommodate the compulsory call out of formed units. (Para 24) Compulsory mobilisation not yet necessary—will keep under review (Para 20). See Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412. Major mobilisation exercise planned for 2001 Committee expects to be informed of results of mobilisation exercise.
  Seventh Report: The Strategic Defence Review: Defence Medical Services (HC 447) Published: 4 November 1999

  Government Reply: Third Special Report (HC221) Published: 15 February 2000

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9.That the MoD should give more thought as to how the requirements of the medical Reserve can be better tailored to the specific needs of NHS personnel give active political support to a campaign to persuade Health Authorities and NHS Trusts that the pursuit of the goals of the DMS is an appropriate priority in their work, and that they have a duty to actively support the development of the medical reserve. (Para 87) Work being taken forward (Para 15). See Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-i, Sixth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 412, and Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   State of DMS should be reviewed in next Parliament
  Ninth Report: Defence Research (HC 616) Published: 10 November 1999  Government Reply: Eighth Special Report (HC 629) Published: 5 July 2000
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3.That the formulation of a European research strategy be given immediate impetus (Para 50). The need for this was fully endorsed by the MoD, who would continue to press for a European strategy. See First Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.   To be monitored.
10.That the proposals for the future structure of DERA contained in the consultation document are fatally flawed and should not proceed (Para 121). The MoD are taking into account the Committee's views, along with those of all stakeholders. See Ninth Report, Session 1999-2000 and Fifth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 289.   MoD decided in July 2000 to proceed with PPP for DERA. Splitting of DERA on 1 July 2001.
Progress on Committee Recommendations and Undertakings from Previous Sessions

  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

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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.     No annual report yet produced.
2.To focus on efficiency savings arising from OCCAR's performance in our monitoring of its activities. (Para 13)       Nothing to report.
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.     No notification received.
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.     MPR has been recast— now includes 30 (rather than 25) projects. MPR 2000, the most recent, includes only one OCCAR project (MRAV).
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.     Awaiting developments.
  Second Report: Ministry of Defence Annual Reporting Cycle (HC 158) Published: 10 February 2000

  Government Reply: Seventh Special Report (HC 452) Published: 9 May 2000

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1.To continue with an annual restatement of defence policy in the form of a White Paper. (Para 10) Rejected, with qualifications—annual 'Memorandum' to be considered. See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144. Defence Policy 2001 published February 2001  
2.That a Defence White Paper 2000 should be published. (Para 13) Rejected.See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   No White Paper in 2000
3.That the government considers replacing the Annual Defence White Paper with a broader, cross-cutting publication, placing security policy in the wider context. (Para 15) No response.See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144. The Future Strategic Context for Defence published February 2001  
4.That the Committee is given access to the Departmental Plan. (Para 17) Rejected.See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144    
5.To see some evidence of a more relaxed attitude to providing information to Parliament in the next Expenditure Plans report. (Para 19) Accepted.See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144 Slightly recast version of Expenditure Plans published 2 April 2001, Cm 5109.  
6.That the thinking so far on improving the Investment Strategy report is laid out in the government's response to this Report. (Para 20) No thinking laid out, promise of improvement made. See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144. Investment Strategy recast and moved to biennial basis.  
7.That the MoD to provide more information on its emerging OPA measures, and report progress in developing them more generally, in the Department's main reporting documents. (Para 36) Accepted.See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   Public Service Agreement and Service Delivery Agreement targets replaced OPAs (Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144)
8.That in future a clear analysis of the cross-departmental contributions in both policy development and expenditure is set out in the appropriate document of the annual reporting cycle. (Para 50) Noted.See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   Spending Review 2000 established a 'Conflict Prevention' budget.
9.That future Performance Reports have a much clearer analysis of readiness and training levels. (Para 56) No direct response.     To be pursued in next Parliament.
10.To monitor closely the relationship between overstretch and overcommitment. (Para 69) No direct response. See Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.    
11.When the next major exercise programme has been determined we expect the Department to inform us whether exercises cancelled since 1 April 1999 have been reinstated. We also recommend that when in future major exercises are cancelled or omitted from the programme we are informed promptly after the decision has been made. (Para 71) To be considered. See MoD Performance Report 1999-2000, Cm 5000.   No notification of cancellations made.
14.We look forward to continued efficiency gains as the programme of joint ventures is more fully implemented, and a convincing assessment of the improved effectiveness of these forces being set out in future Performance Reports. (Para 83) Noted.   Progress with establishing joint force structures was reported in the MoD's 1999-2000 Performance Report.  
15.That the necessary resources are devoted to ensuring appropriate data are collected and analysed as part of a Corporate Personnel Database. (Para 89) Noted.See Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.    
16.That the MoD takes the action required to improve its performance in provision of welfare telephone as a matter of urgency (para 102) Under review.   The Project Welcome telephone system has been introduced giving all deployed personnel a 20-minute free phone call each week.  
17.That initiatives to improve service families' education are pursued with real commitment (para 115) Accepted.See Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.    
18.That future Performance Reports give detailed figures on expenditure on programmes to improve accommodation, as well as quantitative figures of work achieved and planned. (para 117) Accepted.See Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.   Figures included in 1999/2000 Performance Report.
19.The £100m ring-fenced as the sum needed to bring all of the estate up to Grade One condition should be increased if necessary. Accepted.See Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.    
20.To examine whether all three Services meet their 3% target for ethnic minority recruitment. (Para 124)   See Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.   Targets not met.
21.To follow developments in the new code of practice relating to the employment of homosexuals. (Para 128) N/ASee Fourth Report, Session 1999-2000 and Second Report, Session 2000-01, HC 29-I.   The Committee commented "we are pleased that the introduction of the new code of social conduct so far appears to have caused no problems."
22.That future annual Performance Reports give details of the Smart Procurement Initiatives achievements, whether they have already been realised or reflect projected savings on future budgets. (Para 133) Accepted.See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   Some details given in 1999-2000 Performance Report. Our Eighth Report, Session 2000-01 called for more in future Performance Reports.
23.That the MoD and the Treasury must agree firm ground-rules that guarantee that genuinely additional operational costs will be met in full, and only then should offsets be made to accommodate any budget-wide underspending. (Para 152) No direct response. See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144.   Now pre-allocates funding for some operations, and only for 2001-02 so far. The budget's coverage and operation will be examined in the next Parliament.
24.That the Department abandon its plans for the DERA PPP and for the proposed £250m funding to be added to the baseline in the Spending Review now getting underway. (Para 157) Rejected.See Ninth Report, Session 1999-2000 and Fifth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 289.    
25.To collect information on all of the higher value efficiency measures claimed, and then to examine more closely a selection of case studies. (Para 160) Details of efficiency measured provided separately by the MoD. See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144. MoD to implement internal review of efficiency programme Committee to examine MoD internal review of efficiency programme in next Parliament.
26.The Department's finances should be rebalanced in the current Spending Review. (para 161) The SDR has given the MoD a better balanced and focussed defence budget, which is deliverable. See Eighth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 144. Subsequent Spending Review increased the defence budget. Spending Review budget settlement published June 2000, and Expenditure Plans 2001-02 to 2003-04 in April 2001.
  Third Report: Annual Reports for 1997 and 1998 on Strategic Export Controls (HC 225) Published: 11 February 200

  Government Reply: Cm 4799 Published: July 2000

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1.That an annual debate on the Government's Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls and reports thereon by Select Committees, to be held on a substantive Motion. (Para 3) It is the intention to hold a debate this year, subject to availability of parliamentary time.     Debate held in Westminster Hall, 14 December 2000
2.That future Annual Reports include more data on the administrative performance of the Export Control Organisation and the other departments involved in the export licensing process, including the pre-licensing process. (Para 8) Accepted.See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.    
3.That future Reports should return to the practice of the annual ECO Reports and record by category the reasons for refusals and revocation of standard and open licences, and reductions in the coverage of OIELs, as we have above, since this provides an instructive analysis of the nature of decisions taken. (Para 16) Future Annual Reports will specify how many SIELs were refused/revoked for each of the main reasons set out in the criteria. Specific reasons for each individual decision will not be given. Reasons for decisions to refuse applications for OIELs or to amend their coverage will not be given. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212    
4.That summary details of appeals against refusals of a licence be published in the Annual Reports, showing in each case the outcome and the time elapsed between receipt of information from the appellant and determination of the appeal, as well as a brief description of the goods and end-user. (Para 20) Government accepts the basis for the recommendation. Future Annual Reports will include information on appeals against a decision to refuse an application for a SIEL or to revoke a SIEL. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.    
5.That the Annual Report contain details of the volume and nature of exports which have been licensed from overseas territories and Crown dependencies (Para 43). Government will consider the desirability and practicality of including these details in future Annual Reports. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.    
6.That the 1999 Annual Report covers in full the implications for strategic export controls of detailed agreements reached as a result of the July 1998 Letter of Intent, and ask that it be demonstrated that there is nothing in those detailed agreements which undermines the UK or the EU regime on the control of the export of arms. (Para 48) Framework Agreement resulting from the Letter of Intent has not yet been signed. If signature takes place before next Annual Report, details will be included. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.    
7.That future Annual Reports continue to review progress on small arms initiatives within multilateral fora and to provide details of activities funded by the Government in this area. (Para 52) Accepted.See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.    
8.The UK should press our EU partners to consider the publication of figures on the number of recognised cases of undercutting, preserving if necessary the anonymity of the countries concerned. Accepted.See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.    
9.That the Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct be reproduced as part of the UK's Annual Report. (Para 55) Accepted.See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.    
12.Publication of a table for each country combining to a greater degree than at present information currently spread through several tables of the Annual Report, including information on actual exports. (Para 66) Basis for recommendation accepted. In future information on applications for SIELs and OIELs will be set out in a single entry for each destination. Information on actual exports will continue to be shown in separate part of the Annual Report. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.    
14.That in the next Report some indication be given of the numbers of items for which a licence has been given, if necessary as an approximation. (Para 72). Annual Reports will in principle specify the number of items of military equipment covered by SIELs issued during the relevant period but not in cases where there is potential for harm in relation to commercial confidentiality or the legitimate security interests of recipient countries. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.    
15.That the total value of licences, issued in respect of each non-NATO country be given for each calendar year, founded on the values given on the applications, with an exception where the number is so small as to risk a breach of reasonable commercial confidentiality. (Para 73) Basis for recommendation accepted. To preserve commercial confidentiality totals will be rounded up or expressed as a ceiling figure. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.    
18.That the Annual Report includes a report of the activities over the year under review of the Defence Export Sales Organisation. (Para 78) Information on performance of DESO in coordinating the process of export licence applications will be included in future Annual Reports. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 115.    
  Sixth Report: The Appointment of the New Chief Scientific Adviser (HC 318) Published:9 May 2000

  Government Reply: Ninth Special Report (HC 731) Published: 2 August 2000

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1.The Committee to continue to monitor closely the MoD's performance in managing risk in its equipment programme. (Para 11) Noted.     The Committee's ann ual Major Procurement reports examine risk management in connection with specific major procurement projects.
   
  Seventh Report: Gulf Veterans' Illnesses (HC 125) Published: 11 May 2000

  Government Reply: Eleventh Special Report (HC 215) Published: 2 August 2000

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1.That the MoD look at ways in which it could further enhance the information provided on its Gulf illnesses website,including facilitating contact between veterans. (Para 15) Website is being redeveloped. Veterans will be able to receive news and updates by e-mail subscription.     Six-monthly 'Gulf Update' publication has been introduced for veterans and other interested parties.
2.That the MoD has been remiss in not using the data available to the MAP to better advantage. (Para 19) MAP data is currently being used in a number of studies, including a UK/US collaborative research project investigating 'war syndromes'.   Further analysis of veterans who have attended the MAP has since been carried out.  
3.We hope that the results of the MAP clinical audit will be published in the very near future. (Para 23) Review of investigational tests undertaken by MAP will be published as soon as possible and appropriate adjustments made to range of tests offered.     Review findings were not published. Minister gave details of findings in a letter to Chairman in September 2000. Clinical tests offered by MAP will be reviewed annually.
7.That Gulf veterans should be offered appropriate tests, based on the most up-to-date scientific information available and that the full scope of the tests, and any limitations, should be clearly explained to those undergoing them. (Para 39) Discussions have recently been held with veterans representatives about protocols for testing. MoD would wish to ensure that veterans who accept DU testing are clear about what is intended and that the results of any tests and the health consequences of the results are properly communicated to them. Committee took further evidence from MoD on 9 May 2001.   See statement by Armed Forces Minister, 9 January 2001
8.That the MoD will take on board the findings of the Royal Society's study of depleted uranium when they are available, and that the MoD demonstrate that it is driving research in this area rather than, adopting a reactive approach and responding to new developments only when forced to by events. (Para 40) MoD welcomes and supports the Royal Society's study and has made information available to it. In addition, an MoD Depleted Uranium Working Group has been established to provide a better explanation of the potential chemical and radiological hazards associated with DU and to examine the potential for additional research. Committee took further evidence from MoD on 9 May 2001.   See statement by Armed Forces Minister, 9 January 2001
9.It is essential that full and up to date medical records are maintained for all individuals in the Armed Forces throughout their service careers and including any medical treatment received during deployments. (Para 50) A new operational medical record has been introduced. A post deployment screening procedure has been introduced for troops returning from Sierra Leone, one aim of which is to ensure all deployment medical data is recorded on permanent medical records. Committee took further evidence from MoD on 9 May 2001.    
14.That those who have served their country feel that they are adequately compensated if they have suffered illness as a result of their service. (Para 74)       Consultation paper on MoD's joint review with DSS of compensation was published on 16 March 2001. None of its proposals is intended to be retrospective.
15.The MoD should not use its overall review of pensions as a means of deferring action to assist Gulf veterans, and we look forward to an early announcement of the government's position on the seven-year rule. (Para 77) The government believes the legislation covering claims outside the seven year rule is sufficiently generous and it is not feasible to restrict any concessions to Gulf veterans. Were further research to show that there was a service-related cause for otherwise unexplained illness, claims for war pensions could succeed.     Findings of MoD's pensions review were published on 16 March. None of the proposals is intended to be retrospective.
16.To provide further evidence that effective claims and appeal procedures are in place at the War Pensions Agency. (Para 81) WPA has further streamlined its procedures and continues to make efforts to reduce the time taken to deal with cases. The MoD and WPA have improved their co-ordination on Gulf veteran issues.     To be considered in the context of pensions/compensation reviews.
18.That the MoD should review and clarify its contractual arrangements with civilian contractors and their employers to ensure that they are adequately protected when deployed overseas with the Armed Forces. (Para 91) Review currently being carried out through the joint MoD/ Industry Contractors on Deployed Operations (CONDO) project team. It is due to report by the end of 2001.      
21.That the MoD work with the Department of Health to establish trial treatments which may be of benefit to veterans and actively encourage participation by veterans and their representative organisations in such trials. (Para 100) The MoD and Department of Health will keep possible treatments under review, in particular the Chief Medical Officer's Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME which may provide guidance on possible treatments for Gulf veterans. Further evidence taken on 9 May 2001.    
  Eighth Report: European Security and Defence (HC 264) Published: 11 May 2000

  Government Reply: Tenth Special Report (HC 732) Published: 2 August 2000

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1.That the Prime Minister report convincing evidence of progress towards achievement of the headline goal following each European Council between now and the end of 2002. (Para 54) See statement to the House on 10th December 2000 and by Secretary of State for Defence on 22 November 2001.      
2.For those EU countries which are also members of NATO, their military representatives to NATO and to the EU should be "double-hatted" whenever possible. (Para 61) To be resolved.See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i. UK representative is 'double-hatted'  
3.That the Chairman of the EMC should come from one of the EU NATO Allies. (Para 62) To be resolved.See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   Finnish Chairman of EUMC elected March 2001.
4.That DSACEUR should have the right to attend all meetings of the European Military Committee. (Para 63) DSACEUR should 'normally participate as appropriate'. See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   No change in position.
5.That the European Military Staff should not become permanent employees of the Council but should continue to be drawn on secondment from the armed forces of the member states, probably for periods of between two and four years. (Para 64) To be resolved.See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   Still to be fully determined.
6.That the EMS is explicitly tasked with maintaining and improving interoperability not only across EU forces but across the whole of NATO. (Para 65) To be resolved.See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.    
7.That the special status of the six is formally and fully acknowledged in a structure for the non-EU European Allies, which exists alongside but is fully integrated with the EU structures. (Para 74) To be resolved.See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   See French EU Presidency Report on ESDP, December 2000.
8.The continued existence of the WEAG and the WEAO, should governments see a need for them, does not require the WEU umbrella for them to shelter beneath. (Para 78) Work to be done.See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   Unresolved.
9.That there is a need for further consideration of the cost-effectiveness of the Torrejon satellite facility and the grounds for continued UK participation in it. (Para 79) Being considered. See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   Torrejon to be transferred to EU.
10.That it would be best to ensure a clean break with the WEU and, once it has completed its purpose, for it and its dependent organisations to be wound-up, transferred or floated-off as rapidly as possible, with as little institutional residue as can be achieved, and with any remaining running costs brought as near as possible to zero. (Para 80) Being considered. See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   Decisions to be taken by July 2001, but WEU Parliamentary Assembly to decide its own future.
11.Any proposals for holding the Council of Ministers to account for actions taken under the provisions of the 'second pillar' of the EU must recognise the intergovernmental nature of the pillar's arrangements by emphasising the role of national parliaments. (Para 83) Being considered. See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 380-i.   Prime Minister proposed second chamber of EP made up of members of national parliaments.

Future of WEU Parliamentary Assembly still under consideration.

Conference of Chairmen of EU Member States' Parliamentary Defence Committees established.

  Ninth Report: The Future of DERA (HC 462) Published: 20 June 2000

  Government Reply: Twelfth Special Report (HC 901) Published: 23 October 2000

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1.That the financial structure of New-DERA should be arranged so that its executives do not benefit disproportionately from any appreciation in the value of New-DERA shares arising from property sales or other windfall profits. (Para 16) The MoD is using City advisers to value assets so that DERA's sale price reflects such values at the point of transaction. It intends that remuneration packages should be linked to performance, with full transparency of reward packages, at the 'implementation point'. See Fifth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 289    
2.That New-DERA's potential involvement in 'defence manufacturing' needs to be clarified by the MoD. (Para 23) Accepted.See Fifth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 289.   Still to be clarified.
4.That transparency in the application of the proposed compliance regime for New-DERA should be build into the Articles of the new company. (Para 49) It is still premature to define fully the nature of the constraints package, but it will have to draw a balance between protecting the MoD's interests while not overly constraining New-DERA's commercial activities.     Some aspects of New-DERA's compliance regime still undecided.
5.That the MoD reveal to the maximum extent possible the inputs into its latest consultation process on the future of DERA, especially those from the USA. (Para 62) Not addressed.   The MoD provided further details of consultation inputs, in summary form, in November 2000. Fuller disclosure sought in Fifth Report, Session2000-01, HC 289. MoD examining scope for further release of consultation input (Fifth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 289).
  Tenth Report: Major Procurement Projects (HC 528) Published: 6 July 2000

  Government Reply: Thirteenth Special Report (HC 902) Published: 23 October 2000

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1.That the MoD provide us with its more detailed assessment underlying its choice for the BVRAAM missile. (Para 15) Accepted. The MoD will be in a position to provide more information once Raytheon are formally debriefed—expected around the end of 2000-01.      
4.That the MoD's decision on where the Ro Ro ships are built will recognise the wider industrial and strategic issues involved. (Para 29) In awarding the contract for such 'non warlike' vessels, the government were prohibited from discriminating in favour of national industries. The MoD ensured, however, that UK yards were given the opportunity to compete. See Ninth Report, Session 2000-01, HC?   The MoD's selected preferred bidder for the Ro-Ro contract was announced in October 2000. Contracts being negotiated.
8.That the MoD must guard against reducing the capabilities sought for the [Bowman] communications system (in order to make its delivery more assured), if the result is a capacity with a functionality little advanced from its predecessor or unable to counter the new and sophisticated communication threats it will have to deal with. (Para 50) There are areas within the requirement where there is flexibility, but adjustments will not be allowed to detract from the system's overall capability.     Bowman capability will continue to be monitored in the Committee's annual procurement projects inquiries.
9.If Archer's proposals for Bowman do not cut the mustard, the MoD should run a new competition without delay. (Para 57) Archer's proposals were subsequently rejected by the MoD, and a new competition launched.     Competition still underway.
  Eleventh Report: Strategic Export Controls: Further Report and Parliamentary Prior Scrutiny Published: 25 July 2000

  Government Reply: Cm 4872 Published: December 2000

  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further Government
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1.That at the next annual review of the EU Code of Conduct the Government raise with our partners the issue of how best to deal with national embargoes in terms of denial notifications. (Para 25) Accepted with reservations See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.   Progress commended by Committees.
2.That the Government re-examine the system for inter-departmental scrutiny of applications for OIELs for sensitive destinations, to ensure that Ministers are fully aware of the significance of existing licences when examining applications for new licences. (Para 28)   See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.    
3.That the Government take active steps within the framework of the CFSP to reach a Common Position on the EU embargo on China, and that active consideration be given to introducing a stricter interpretation of the 1989 embargo than that currently operated by the UK. (Paras 44 and 48) Agreed to pursue the objective. See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.    
4.That it should be normal practice for technical advice to be sought from the Home Office on the export of unusual equipment for police use. (Para 55) AcceptedSee Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.    
5.That the appeal procedure which it is proposed to bring on a statutory basis be introduced as soon as possible. Further consideration be given to ways of ensuring that an appellant company can participate in the appeal procedure. (Para 58) Action taken in response to concerns See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212 and Seventh Report, Session 2000-01, HC 445.   Appeals procedure not be put on statutory basis, but implications of new legislation for possibility of judicial review to be examined.
6.That the new system of parliamentary prior scrutiny of strategic exports set out in this Report commence as from the beginning of the next Session of Parliament. (Para 90) Rejected.See Third Report, Session 2000-01, HC 212.   To be pursued in the context of pre-legislative scrutiny of draft Export Controls and Non-Proliferation Bill.
  Twelfth Report: The Adaptation of the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe Published: 2 August 2000

  Government Reply: Fifteenth Special Report (HC 929) Published: 1 November 2000

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2.That the UK ratify the Treaty, but continue to press for full compliance by Russia. (Para 57) Accepted     As at 1 April 2001, Treaty ratified by Ukraine and Belarus. UK ratification being withheld pending greater compliance by Russia.
  Thirteenth Report: Iraqi No-Fly Zones (HC 453) Published: 2 August 2000

  Government Reply: Sixteenth Special Report (HC 930) Published: 1 November 2000

  Recommendations and undertakings Government Response Committee Response/Follow-up Further Government
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1.That the MoD provide all RAF air-crew undertaking dangerous missions in the no-fly zones with upgraded F3 aircraft as soon as possible and to ensure that the highest levels of serviceability are maintained on all aircraft participating in the mission. (Para 47) MoD is fully committed to providing upgraded Tornado F3 aircraft in order to ensure that the highest levels of serviceability are maintained on all those aircraft patrolling the Iraqi no-fly zones. The RAF draws F3s exclusively from the pool of upgraded aircraft for deployment to the Gulf.      
2.That the required improvements to the accommodation at Ali Al Salem airbase have been completed. (Para 56) Full scale work on the improvement programme is scheduled to begin in November, with a completion date of March 2001 for refurbishment and May 2001 for new build. Committee to seek confirmation.    
6.That until the government of Iraq has clearly demonstrated that its intentions towards the countries of the region and towards its own people have changed, the UK contribution to the no-fly zones operations should continue. (Para 83) No specific response. MoD wholeheartedly agree with the Committee's overall conclusion that the UK is making a valid contribution to stability in the Gulf, to protecting the minority people of Iraq from Saddam Hussein and containing Iraq's ability to threaten its neighbours.     No-fly Zones still in place.
  Fourteenth Report: Lessons of Kosovo (HC 347) Published: 24 October 2000

  Government Reply: Second Special Report, 2000-01

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2.That the European deficit in SEAD be addressed (Paras 110 and 111) Accepted.See evidence from Secretary of State of 28 March 2001, HC 390-i   Committee will continue to monitor progress in context of ESDP/DCI
3.That the balance between air defence and strike capabilities in future aircraft procurement policy be reconsidered (Para 120) Eurofighter being developed as a multi-role aircraft.     Committee will consider in context of JSF programme.
7.That the Tornado MLU be kept on track. (Para 143) Problems being urgently addressed. See Ninth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 463   The aircraft received its 'Aircraft Release' in April 2001, indicating that Tornado GR4 was then ready for operational use.
8.That a more discriminating ground attack anti-amour missile system is acquired. (Para 147-152) Maverick, Stormshadow and Brimstone being acquired. See Ninth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 463    
9.That the procurement programme for TLAM be reviewed. (Para 157) Department has no plans to procure Block IV variant. See Ninth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 463    
10.That a timetable for remedying the problems of secure communications interoperability in aircraft be set out. (Para 158) Work expected to be completed 'over next few months'. See Ninth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 463    
11.That the programme to digitise the battlespace be hastened. (Para 160) Accepted./////////      
12.That the capability of Phoenix to provide targeting data to strike aircraft be developed. (Para 164) Useful capabilities subject to wider priorities of equipment programme.      
13.That the reprovision of the air tanker fleet be examined in a European context. (Para 166) Being discussed with European nations.      
15.To keep the Committee informed of incidents of damage to Sea Harrier's fuselage-mounted aircraft. (Para 176) Accepted.     Modifications and procedures changed to prevent recurrence.
16.That the UK's guided weapons capability be reviewed. (Para 180) Accepted.See Ninth Report, Session 2000-01, HC 463    
17.That PGM stockpile policy be reviewed. (Para 182) Accepted.      
19.That NATO planning, processes and intelligence capabilities be improved. (Paras 206-210) Measures reviewed at NATO ministe*rial, 5/6 December 2000.     Committee will continue to monitor.
21.That NATO develop a strategy for information operations, and resource it. (Paras 228-232) Accepted     Committee will continue to monitor.
24.
That Parliament is informed of the extent to which costs of Kosovo to MoD are reimbursed by the Treasury or other government departments. (Paras 289 and 290) Accepted.     Main outstanding sum was recovered from NATO in September 2000 [Treasury Minute, Cm 5071, p8].


 
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