In May 2004, an end-to-end review of the disposal process recommended that the Disposal Services Agency should transfer from the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) to the Defence Logistics Organisation. As part of this move the DSA will merge with the DLO’s Disposal & Sales Head of Specialisation to create a single MoD disposal and sales organisation.
Major General Malcolm Wood, Director General Logistics (Supply Chain) said:
“This development marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the DLO through the amalgamation of the Disposal Services Agency and the Head of Specialisation (Disposal Sales).
“The DLO is already the main customer and provider of funding for the DSA, so both have long had a complementary and closely co-operative relationship. The enhanced DSA created from the amalgamation of these two centres of excellence and located firmly within the Supply Chain now brings together the foremost disposal facility with an intimate knowledge of its main customer. The result will be an even better service and even better value for Defence, for wider Government and UK interests, and for the taxpayer.”
DSA Chief Executive Sym Taylor said
“Over the past 11 years the Disposal Services Agency has established a reputation for deriving best value for UK interests in the disposal of surplus defence assets. Similarly, the DLO’s Head of Specialisation (Disposal Sales) has developed a strong intelligent customer focus for disposal activities, along with repayment sales of current stock to other forces operating British equipment. It is a natural and logical step for the two to amalgamate now within the DLO.
“I believe that this move into the DLO will help us become the best government disposals organisation in the world.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Disposal Service Agency is the sole authority for the disposal and sale of surplus MoD equipment, with the exception of nuclear, land and buildings.
2. The DSA will be positioned in the DLO as an enabling facility within the Defence Supply Chain for the purpose of supporting Defence capability. The aim of the DSA is to manage the provision of a disposals and sales service, acting as Decider in making the most effective use of private sector Providers, where appropriate.
3. Responsibility for material and equipment disposal is vested in the DLO. Equipment disposal planning is the responsibility of Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) who own the End to End process of Through Life Management and Cost of Ownership and must therefore demonstrate adequate provision for disposal. As the owners of the disposal plans IPTs and other equipment owners will be responsible for deciding when, or whether, to dispose of assets, consistent with direction and guidance from Ministers.
4. The DSA will continue to provide support on behalf of the DLO to DESO to assist in the realisation of diplomatic, industrial and other benefits to overall UK interests.
5. The DSA employs 130 staff, its head office is in London.
6. As of 1 April the DLO Press Office will act as the initial point of contact on all DSA media enquiries. (Contact details below)
For further information, please contact Brian Sheehan or Stuart Campbell, DLO Press Office, on tel: 01225 468819 / 467148.