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09 Jan 13. On December 4th BATTLESPACE requested a Freedom of Information Act Request regarding the appointment of Mr. Nick Wilton to act for DE&S as part of the current spares requirement for Land Rover Wolf and other vehicles. The reply is published in full.
Dear Mr Nettlefold,
Thank you for your email of 4 December 2012 requesting the following information:
‘How much is Nick Wilton of IAAF being paid for his Aftermarket expertise and does he have the required CV to undertake this task and was it competed?’
I am treating your correspondence as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
We have now completed a search for the information you requested and I can confirm that some of the information in scope of your request is held. Where the information is held by the Ministry of Defence it has been summarised below:
‘How much is Nick Wilton of IAAF being paid for his Aftermarket expertise…’
The contract is for a maximum of 20 days at £1K per day.
‘…does he have the required CV to undertake this task…?’
Yes. Mr Wilton is a leading member of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) and is deemed by the MOD to have the necessary Aftermarket knowledge.
‘…was it [the contract] competed?’
The contract was not competed as it is a pilot. If the pilot is found to deliver benefit, a competition will be run to provide this advice to support subsequent spares competitions for other platforms where there is a degree of commercially available parts in the aftermarket.
If you are not satisfied with this response or you wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of your request, then you should contact me in the first instance. If informal resolution is not possible and you are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an independent internal review by contacting the Head of Corporate Information, 2nd Floor, MOD Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail CIO-FOI-IR@mod.uk). Please note that any request for an internal review must be made within 40 working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution has come to an end.
If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that the Information Commissioner will not investigate your case until the MOD internal review process has been completed. Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioner’s website, http://www.ico.gov.uk.
Yours sincerely,
Bryan Jarman
Bryan Jarman, DE&S Secretariat (Land Equipment), Maple 0, #2043, MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol BS34 8JH.
BATTLESPACE Comment: In spite of this response from DE&S, this appointment still remains a puzzle. Mr. Wilton’s Cmpany, Flying Penguin was one of the original bidders for this contact and their bid was withdrawn when this appointment was made. BATTLESPACE has spoken to other bidders who state categorically that they will not supply parts prices to Mr. Wilton. If this is the case, what can he achive for his £20k? And what can be achieved in 20 days? Also if this is a pilot project we assume that this will delay the renewal of the existing contract and put several SME suppliers businesses at risk, given the current DE&S Moratorium on spares procurement.

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