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Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the order for a Type 42 destroyer for which Vosper Thornycroft and Cammell Laird have recently tendered.

An order has been placed today with Vosper Thornycroft Ltd. for the construction of the Royal Navy's ninth Type 42 destroyer. It is our intention to place an further order in the coming year, and Cammell Laird will be included among any firms invited to tender for this order.