Relations with industrycontractual obligations and their application

There has been some overlap into this aspect of inspection in preceding paragraphs, and rightly so since quality assurance cannot be divorced from quality control. This fact needs to be reflected in contracts policy, as it must also be in the policies of all the agcncics of the supply team.

This is a basic principle on which policy in regard to relations with industry (and so contracts policy) must rest.

The manual Introduction to Procurement Inspection gives clear directives on policy, a study of which will help towards a clearer understanding of most of the problems affecting the place, purpose and management of inspection in the supply team which constantly arise in the U.K.

It is beyond the scope of this Report to attempt to examine this manual in detail but certain salient points are worthy of special emphasis in regard to the relations of the various agencies of the supply team with industry.

INTEGRATION OF THE SUPPLY TEAM TO ENSURE CO-ORDINATED POT. ICY 3.1. Under the heading "The Inspector and the Supply Team", the manual defines briefly the functions of the various elements. Para. 404.4 is worth quoting in full:

"Similarly, cach Government agency performs its function in the general supply programme. Each is a cog in the overall machine. The machinc will not function properly if one of the cogs is missing or is not meshing properly with its mates. Integration and co-ordination are of utmost importance."

Under the system adopted for the supply team in the U.K., a policy based rather on the separate delegation of responsibilities to the various elements is followed. Periodic enquiries and investigations as to how their policies and practice should be co-ordinated at operational level have at best only provided a partial or temporarily effective solution.

In the special case of the supply of air requirements (apart from armaments) the field is much more favourable as there is in peace an established commercial industry. In that field in the u.k. there is already satisfactory co-ordination between contract and inspection policy. The vast field of armaments presents a variety of different problems, but even so, much has been done since World War II, within the limitations of the existing system, to prepare the way for further co-ordination at higher level.

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