Response to NAO's Major Projects Report 2012 - Murphy

10 January 2013

Jim MurphyJim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, responding to the NAO’s Major Projects Report 2012, said:

“Less than a year after Philip Hammond claimed to have balanced the budget, waste and delay are characteristics of his equipment programme.

“We welcome any progress made, but under this Tory-led Government troops in Afghanistan will be using less efficient equipment and there are concerning capability gaps.

“There are now serious questions over government claims to have a costed equipment programme and we must see evidence of their grand assertions.

“It is really disappointing the Government have not been bolder in procurement reform to make lasting changes to provide our forces with the best possible equipment when it is needed on the frontline.”