Garage sale

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  1. From the T'graph
    Unused Ministry of Defence gear costs billions
    The Ministry of Defence is wasting billions of pounds of public money on supplies it does not use, MPs have said.
    The public accounts committee urged the MoD to sell supplies with a total value of £3.4 billion that it has identified as appropriate for disposal.

    In a report published yesterday, the committee said the MoD spent £1.5 billion on unused materials and consumable supplies, such as uniforms and ammunition, between 2009 and 2011.

    By the start of last year, the department had built an inventory of supplies with a gross value of £40.3 billion. It was running out of storage space to put equipment that is due to return from Afghanistan and Germany, said the report.

    The MoD does not always dispose of items it no longer needs, the committee found. More than £4.2 billion worth of non-explosive supplies had not moved for at least two years, while storehouses held other items in sufficient quantities to last for five years.

    The stockpile has grown despite warnings of the need for action dating back to 1991 from the National Audit Office. The report found that the MoD’s purchasing system focused on ensuring it had enough supplies to meet demand, rather than preventing excess ordering.
    Unused Ministry of Defence gear costs billions - Telegraph
  2. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    and yet everytime we end up rushing off to follow the US into something we are woefully under equipped because we've sold the stock off to surplus shops.
  3. or it is actually on a shelf in Bicester or in an iso container somewhere in the desert but can't be found becasue nobody wants to spend the time/effort/money on sorting out the logistics system because its not shiney & doesn't go bang