In response to the significant findings in a recent Auditor-General report, the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit (JCPAA) has expanded the scope of its existing inquiry into the Defence Major Projects Report (MPR) to include a detailed examination of Defence’s procurement of Hunter Class Frigates, one of the projects included in the MPR.
The Chair of the JCPAA, Mr Julian Hill MP, said that “This is a deeply concerning report by the Auditor-General into a critically important Defence project. Given the seriousness of the concerns the Committee initiated this inquiry less than 24 hours after the tabling of the report, and has scheduled initial public hearings for Friday 19 May.”
The Committee has also invited written submissions by Friday 15 June 2023 and has requested submissions from the contractor, BAE Systems, as well as the British High Commission.
Further information about the inquiry, including the updated terms of reference, is available on the Committee website.