DTR on edge of collapse

is the WAG listening or just ignoring what is going on in the real world - wake up - this St Athan project is doomed!!

UK's Defence Training Review is nearing collapse, warns MP

By Gerrard Cowan Jane’s Defence weekly

31 December 2008

The UK's GBP12 billion (USD18 billion) Defence Training Review (DTR) is on the verge of collapse due to a "triple whammy of rising costs, time delays and national security concerns", Mark Pritchard MP has told Jane's.

The secretary of the Conservative Defence Committee was speaking on 30 December after the National Audit Office (NAO) confirmed media reports that it is considering opening an investigation into the QinetiQ-led project, which is the largest private finance initiative in British history.

In a letter to Pritchard, Tim Burr, NAO head, said: "We will continue to monitor the [defence] department's progress to see whether and when the time might be right to start a full value-for-money investigation."

Pritchard said that the DTR is "a privatisation too far". He said a key driver of rising costs - which went from GBP11 billion to GBP12 billion - and increasing delays was the need to build an infrastructure, including transport links, at RAF St Athan in Wales, which is where the project is based.

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