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11 September 2013 | Will Green
Prime minister David Cameron admitted to MPs there is a “shortage of skills” in the civil service concerning contract management.
Cameron was facing the House of Commons Liaison Select Committee to answer questions on the ability of the civil service to design and manage contracts.
“I think there are skills shortages in the civil service that have to be addressed,” said the PM.
Questioning included the fiasco over the West Coast Mainline rail contract, the offender tagging contracts and the Carrier Strike aircraft carrier programme.
“There are examples of good contracting and bad contracting,” he said. “I think the more general point is that the civil service needs to have more expertise across the piece on this. That is being done.”