The number of non-MOD personnel filling SQEP posts within MOD nuclear programmes, by year for the past 5 calendar years
The number of non-MOD personnel filling SQEP posts within MOD Nuclear programmes who are non-SQEP, by year for the past 5 calendar years
The number of MOD personnel filling SQEP posts within MOD Nuclear programmes who are non-SQEP, by year for the past 5 calendar years
Number of SQEP posts within MOD Nuclear programmes where concessions have been granted to allow non-SQEP personnel to occupy the post, by year for the past 5 calendar years
Two months after the request the MOD is unable to provide the information requested and has yet again provided a holding reply saying they may respond by 21 of January. The law requires the MOD to provide the information requested or an explanation as to why it cannot be provided within 20 working days of the request.
It's surprising that MOD cannot provide the information about SQEP posts as the lack of SQEP personnel are a key risk to the safety of nuclear programmes, highlighted for years by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator in their annual reports.
It also appears that the MOD do not know how many concessions have been granted to allow non SQEP personnel to occupy SQEP posts. It is clear from a letter written by John Day the MOD's 2nd PUS to the union Prospect, that contractors have been used to fill some SQEP posts and in at least one instance a contractor has been removed from a SQEP post because they were not qualified and/or competent to occupy the post. It's of interest that the MOD was asked for the letter on 28th of August 2012 but only provided the letter 5th of December 2012 yet again well in excess of the 20 working days required by the FOI Act.
" the first person supplied by the contractor was sub-standard"
"The root cause of this initial under performance was, at least in part due to an inadequate statement of requirement being provided by the MOD initially and the Submarine OC accepts the need to improve how it specifies and manages the performance of contractors"
This letter demonstrates that MOD has insufficient experienced staff to act as an intelligent customer for contractor services used to safely deliver its nuclear programmes
This may in part explain the reluctance of the MOD to provide information about the number of unqualified staff occupying SQEP posts with defence nuclear programmes.
In view of the recent articles in the Guardian News paper its interesting to consider to what extent has the inability of MOD to find properly qualified and experienced people contributed to the problems with the Astute nuclear submarine reported by the Guardian. It is also interesting to consider what action the Health and Safety Executive might take under the Health and Safety at Work Act against the MOD for failing to provide a safe system of work.
It is now clear that the MOD does not know how many unqualified people occupy SQEP posts which are key to the safe the safe delivery of MOD's nuclear programmes.
Earlier post - SQEP