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18 Dec 08. Major Projects Report 2008 (MPR08): Publication
The National Audit Office (NAO) published (18 Dec 08) MPR08 in two parts:-
* Major Projects Report 2008 (i.e. the methodology) as HC 64-I for £14:35.
* Project Summary Sheets as HC 64-II for £34:55.
Comment: As is customary, the NAO examined 20 of the largest Defence equipment projects where the main investment decision had been taken (post Main Gate) and 10 projects still in the Assessment Phase (pre Main Gate). As has been the case since MPR05, the estimated current cost of the Typhoon aircraft has been withheld “in order to protect the UK’s ability to negotiate for the third tranche” (of 88 from a total of 236). The four main programmes mentioned by the Defence Secretary on 11 Dec 08 (Item 5) all feature in MPR08, but care needs to be taken when making comparisons since the Report was only correct as at 31 Mar 08. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/01, 29 Dec 08)