http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-4624991,00.html words fail me Thousands spent on MoD war buy-back Press Association Friday November 19, 2004 7:18 AM The Ministry of Defence spent thousands of pounds buying back old vehicles for the Iraq war that it had sold off at a fraction of the price, it was revealed. And despite spending thousands more upgrading them, the vehicles did not get to Iraq in time and were returned unused to be sold off again at a massive discount. The incident was revealed in a National Audit Office report on "urgent operational requirements" - a quick way of buying equipment that is needed in a hurry. The MoD sold the ageing six-wheel vehicles for Â£3,000 each. Needing them quickly for Iraq it bought them back for Â£17,000 each. It spent a further Â£18,000 upgrading them, only to eventually sell them off unused for about Â£6,500 each. The episode is just one part of a mainly positive report which says the MoD spent Â£658 million on UORs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The report says they are a necessary and increasingly important tool. And it praises the MoD for its "impressive ingenuity" in delivering urgent requirements for troops. The chair of the House of Commons' public accounts committee, Edward Leigh, commended the MoD. But he said an impending war did not give it a "blank cheque" for equipment. Mr Leigh also criticised the MOD's "relaxed approach" to keeping and reporting information on its spending. Â© Copyright Press Association Ltd 2004, All Rights Reserved.