12 October 2021
by Peter Felstead and Tim Ripley
An aerial view of the Single Accommodation Blocks (SLA) at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, when they were newly built in 2011. The British Defense Estate contains around 96,000 buildings of all descriptions. (Crown copyright)
The UK’s defense arena is too big, costing too much and attempts at reform and downsizing have been woefully inadequate, according to the parliamentary oversight body charged with examining the matter.
Releasing its last report on October 12, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee noted that the British defense field is “essential to support military capabilities” but has “not evolved to meet the needs of the forces. armed forces â.
“The Ministry of Defense [Ministry of Defence] spends around twice as much a year on nurturing the defense field as it does on maintaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent, but, as this survey disappointingly revealed, it doesn’t know exactly what it has spent Â£ 4.6 billion [USD6.3 billion] taxpayers’ money last year – or what they should spend it on â,
Deputy Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, was quoted in a press release accompanying the report.
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