Surely there must be one single respoinsible person who signed the final authority to go ahead with this purchase!
Same as there must be a single person who authorised the contract for a £22 lightbulb and a £103 bolt!
These people should be sacked, full stop!
When I left University, my chosen career was procurement so I always read things like this with interest. To me it comes across as a cluster fcuk on the part of numerous interested parties. The specifier and The manufacturer (let's face it the manufacturer's experience should have lead them to ring the alarm bells), should be top of the list. Not sure how much involvement MOD Procurement have in drafting specifications, or if they just go out to tender based on a spec given to him.
Mind you this is not the first fire engine farce, local fire authorities have also had their fingers burnt recently with buying combined pump/arial platform units that are too heavy to be used on british roads.
To give you an insight into MoD procurement: The specification for Jersey Heavy Wool was the chest size in Centimeters and Inches. The MoD kept this even though the length of the jumper and the arms kept getting shorter and shorter. This meant introducing more sizes to cope with tall people, these sizes were more expensive because they were outside the original specifications!
I love this from the Current Bun:
Civil servants at the Department for International Development blew £50,000 on first-class train travel in just five months last year under Labour.
This was cut to £58 for the five months after the Tories got in.
I wonder where that website got the story? Probably from the same people who sold the ficticious Lightbulbs story to the Scum.
Sorry, but I've come to realise that if you believe half of anything you read in the Sun, you're probably ready to progress to the Daily Mail.
I even have doubts about the Freddy Starr story - did he really eat the hamster???
The Daily Mail:
A Banker, a Daily Mail reader and an immigrant sat down to eat. There were 12 biscuits between them.
The banker took 11, and said to the Mail reader - look out, that immigrant is trying to steal your biscuit!
Back to procurement - everyone comes in with great ideas, plans, and proposals (e.g. new head of Proc) but the fact that it is a) a Govt Dept, and b) entirely hemmed in by rules, mostly (D Mail hat on) from the EU - limits the flexibility to, really, zero. Plus, the MOD has to be honest and open.
Contractors can - and do - act like crooks.