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MoD procurement scrutiny at risk?

Jul 25, 2012

A recent article by Matthew D'Arcy in reports: "Plans to privatise a Ministry of Defence body that spends billions of pounds of taxpayers' money could restrict the public's ability to ask questions about how their money is spent, understands. And Labour has said the move could allow the government to avoid "difficult" questions. The revelation comes amid growing concerns that bodies across the public sector are escaping their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act as they are merged and re-organised by the government. Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), set to spend £150bn over the next 10 years as the MoD's procurement arm, could become a government owned contractor operated (GOCO) entity under proposals announced by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. A final decision is expected this year..." To read the full article, click here.

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