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Volume 932: debated on Wednesday 18 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence at what point in the ship's history the Government will disclose the cost of warships such as HMS "Invincible".

We are willing to disclose the cost of warships as soon as we can do so without prejudicing contractual negotiations. We cannot, therefore, make estimated costs public before a ship is accepted from the shipbuilder, but it is not usually long after that before a final price is agreed; the cost can then be disclosed publicly.