The Public Accounts Committee is the latest to slam the MoD's failures during Op Telic: 10.08AM, Thu Sep 16 2004 Defence chiefs have again been strongly criticised over the lack of equipment for British troops fighting in Iraq. An influential committee of MPs described the kit shortages as "utterly unacceptable". Their findings are particularly damning given that £550 million was spent on computer systems to track equipment. The report goes as far as suggesting that troops' lives were put at risk by a shortage of protective equipment. There was a lack of crucial nuclear, biological and chemical suits and tanks did not receive chemical weapon filters until long after the war had finished. The MoD was particularly criticised for failing to "learn and act" on lessons from previous conflicts and for developing systems for the Army and Royal Navy that were incompatible. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee said that deployment of forces was made more difficult by political sensitivities surrounding efforts to secure a UN resolution prior to the conflict. They also attacked the MoD for failing to prepare adequately for the aftermath of the war. The MoD is now being urged to take swift action to fill the gaps exposed in the MPs report. Committee chairman Edward Leigh said: "UK military operations in Iraq demonstrated the commitment, bravery and professionalism of our armed forces and those civilians and contractors who support them. "In return, our service personnel deserve the proper tools to do the job and the best possible protection. "My committee's report underscores once more that our forces faced greater risks as a result of shortages in equipment, particularly enhanced combat body armour and nuclear, biological and chemical detection and protection. "This is utterly unacceptable and the MoD must take the necessary steps to identify gaps in provision and how these may best be addressed in time for any future operations. "It is high time too, after this committee's repeated urging to address failings in logistics systems, that the MoD put in place an effective consignment tracking system so commanders on the ground can quickly locate important supplies." http://www.itv.com/news/britain_1956907.html How many times does this need to be pointed out before TCH resigns?