back to article Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

The Home Office has agreed to hand over £150m to defence company Raytheon over the dispute relating to the cancellation of the £750m e-Borders contract. The money is on top of legal costs of £35m, which El Reg exclusively revealed has so far been spent in extracting itself from the contract. In 2007, the Home Office …

  1. Nick L

    RSL - how's that pronounced?

    Just wondering how one should pronounce RSL, that's all...

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Well done.....

    £185 million on a failed project.

    Everyone should be proud of that achievement.

    1. Graham Marsden

      Re: Well done.....

      Well, yes, it was *only* £185 million, that's what's called "a success"...!

  3. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Hard to apportion blame

    I wonder if it was Ratheon being crap or Govt. continually moving the goal posts? Or both.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "RSL continues to be a valued supplier to the British Government on key defence and commercial pursuits"

    So we value suppliers who don't deliver value.

    Yep, there is the hand of the Civil Service in this.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Yep, there is the hand of the Civil Service in this."

      Certainly is. But the idea that Raytheon continue to be an A list supplier is a lesson for all other suppliers: Fail with impunity. That's not to let the wankers off the hook over at the Home Office who clearly mismanaged writing the specification, evaluating the tender, accepting the offer, and then overseeing failure.

      But if they'd announced a five year ban on new work for Raytheon, then they'd be sending a lesson to suppliers: Don't fuck up yourself, don't accept contracts we've pre-fucked up.

  5. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge


    Even as a work of fiction this utter farce would appear far-fetched.

  6. nsld


    They failed to deliver and they continue to be a supplier?

    Clearly Treasonous May has her eye on the England managers job!

    1. IHateWearingATie

      Re: Seriously

      The first rule of the blacklist for crap suppliers...

      ... is that you don't talk about the blacklist for crap suppliers, lest their lawyers get wind of it.

      "Of course you're a valued supplier, its just that someone else provided a better bid on this contract... and this one.... and this one.... and every contract we get a whiff you're involved in for the next 10 years...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Seriously

      Yeah, this is what's known in government circles as "too big to fail".


      Lessons learned and all that expletive deleted...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And she wants to be the next great leader

    We should have these failures linked to minister's salaries, so when they fcuk up or cancel out of political dogma, they get pay clawed back.

  8. The last doughnut

    I saw you coming

    Raytheon wins £x10^8

  9. John G Imrie

    However, by 2010 it had terminated the contract, due to significant delays and missed targets.

    So why are we paying these buggers anything?

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: However, by 2010 it had terminated the contract, due to significant delays and missed targets.

      "So why are we paying these buggers anything?"

      Because it's the cheapest way of making them go away, otherwise they keep the case going through the courts for the duration of the next few parliaments.

  10. Gorio

    While they wine and dine cross-party this the headline to search for: "Labour accepts £12m in donations and perks from defence contractors"

    This is how our democratic (cough cough) government works!

  11. x 7

    their missiles and radar don't work either....

  12. The Nazz

    A drop in the ocean

    when compared to the amount NuLabour blew on the failed National Identity Card Scheme.

    Though being a Scot living in Yorkshire £1.85 is a lot.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: A drop in the ocean

      "a Scot living in Yorkshire"

      Here on a course of advanced study?

      Mine's the one without pockets.

  13. D Moss Esq

    £150 million?

    We could have bought 150 modern, mature and powerful Tomahawk Cruise missiles for that.

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