asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to be able to place the first order for the new Type 23 anti-submarine frigate.
We shall be placing the first order for the Type 23 frigate as early as possible; but it is too soon to give a precise date.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made in designing the Type 23 frigate; and when he expects the first order for this type to be placed.
Feasibility studies to determine the detailed design of the ship are now being carried out. On the order date, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given today to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastleigh (Sir D. Price).