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Britain ditches plan to outsource military buying

LONDON (Reuters) Britain said on Tuesday it had abandoned plans to engage a canadian goose jacket private contractor canada goose black friday sale to Canada Goose Jackets run a multi billion dollar defence procurement programme plagued by spending overshoots, delays and Canada Goose sale technical problems.

Britain’s Chief of the defence staff, Nick Houghton (L) and canada goose deals Defence Secretary Philip Hammond arrive for a cabinet meeting at Number 10 Downing Street in London August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Britain canada goose replica Conservative led cheap Canada Goose government had earlier this year trumpeted a reform of the way it buys equipment for its armed forces to help rein in public spending. canada goose outlet store canadagooseonlineshop locations engineering group Bechtel, and with PA Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, in the competition.

do not have a competitive Canada Goose Parka process. I have therefore concluded canada goose coats on sale that the risks of proceeding with a single bidder are too great to be acceptable, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said, Canada Goose online confirming earlier reports of the cancellation.

Britain has been heavily criticised for its sometimes chaotic weapons programme. The costs of two new aircraft carriers, one of the biggest British defence projects ever, has risen dramatically and the Canada Goose Coats On Sale project has been bedevilled by construction and design problems.

Major defence Canada Goose Online equipment projects that the MoD is planning to finance include 35.8 billion pounds on seven BAE Systems built Astute class submarines and a replacement for Britain Trident submarine nuclear deterrent, as well as 18.5 billion pounds on fighter jets and drones including Lockheed Martin F 35 stealth jet.

Bechtel, 2018 canada goose outlet which was leading the remaining consortium in the running, said it was disappointed the other team withdrawal at this late stage had canada goose clearance sale caused the competition collapse, and said it would have helped canada goose coats Britain save billions of pounds.

another embarrassing U turn for the government, Labour defence spokesman Vernon Coaker told parliament. flagship policy on defence procurement has come crashing down around him.

In April this year the government launched a review of the Defence Equipment Support canada goose (DE unit, which accounted for almost half of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) 34.4 billion pound budget last year. Britain expects to spend 159 billion buy canada goose jacket pounds on military Canada Goose Outlet equipment between 2012 and 2022.

The government had initially intended to study the remaining buy canada goose jacket cheap team proposal and to compare it with an alternative known as plus, an option More which would keep the unit under government management.

Hammond said the government had decided to build on the DE Plus option, which would see the injection of private sector expertise, and would launch the unit as a central government trading entity from April 2014.

The entity would have a chairman led board, and a chief executive who will also act as accounting officer accountable to parliament for the organisation performance. It will also have significant financial flexibility over its ability to recruit, retain and reward staff, he said.

However he did not completely rule out the government owned, contractor operated option for the future, saying that it could still provide taxpayers with value for money.

Hammond said that the government had spent canada goose clearance just under 7.4 million pounds on the process and that it was clear from the start that the bidders would not be entitled to canada goose store compensation or reimbursement of bid costs. A Bechtel spokeswoman declined to comment.

Reporting by William canada goose outlet toronto factory James and Brenda Goh; additional reporting by Peter Griffiths; editing by Stephen Addison and Ralph Boulton.

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