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UK Defence Training Review axed

 

The British Government has terminated the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Training Rationalisation project.

October 19: The British Government has terminated the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Training Rationalisation (DTR) project, the Secretary of State for Defence announced today.

DTR was to bring together all three armed forces’ technical and engineering training together as a single package under a £14 billion Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, the preferred bidder being the Metrix consortium. The former RAF base at St Athan in Wales was to have been the location for a new technical college.

In a written ministerial statement, Defence Minister Dr Liam Fox said “The Metrix Consortium was appointed as preferred bidder in January 2007 subject to it developing an affordable and value for money contract proposal. However, it is now clear that Metrix cannot deliver an affordable, commercially-robust proposal within the prescribed period and it has therefore been necessary to terminate the DTR procurement and Metrix’s appointment as preferred bidder. Technical training, collocated on as few sites as possible, remains in our view the best solution for our Armed Forces.”

Regarding the future of St Athan, Dr Fox said “we still hope to base our future defence training solution there.” A review of defence technical and engineering training needs will now be undertaken a new proposal announced in the spring of 2011.

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