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19 August 2011 | Adam Leach
Late deliveries of supplies by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to military operations in Afghanistan have led troops to
strip parts from operational planes, according to a report.
Findings by the Committee of Public Accounts (PAC), published today, showed
that in the six months leading up to November 2010, 40 per cent of deliveries
were late by 30 days or more.
Evidence given to PAC found that as a result
of a lack of supplies for the Typhoon aircraft, parts were stripped off other
planes to carry out maintenance. The
report also found that a lack of data on the condition of stockpiled supplies
meant some supplies had already deteriorated before use.
chairwoman Margaret Hodge said: “The MoD has a duty to make sure that our
troops serving on the front line get the supplies they need, when they need
them and in the most cost-effective way. For 25 years, the department has
promised this committee that it would resolve the long-standing problems
associated with its supply chain: late deliveries, missed targets and
inadequate cost information. Yet these problems persist.”
committee accused the MoD of having an “unduly dismissive” attitude when
questioned about whether savings could be made within the supply chain, without
impacting on frontline services. It called on the department to get better data
on supply chain routes, provide suppliers with stronger incentives to deliver
on time, and benchmark costs against other armed forces such as the US and
French militaries, as opposed to just private sector companies.
which has been calling on the MoD to increase efficiency in its supply chain
since 1986, said it “welcomed” the department’s plans to upgrade the IT systems
in its supply chain through the Future Logistics Information Services project.
However, it said since previous efforts had ‘come to nothing’ it would hold the
department to its offer to report on progress in six months’ time and again in
a year’s time.