asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships will be taken out of service over the next 10 years; and how many will be replaced by new ships.
It is not the practice to give operational and planning details of this kind. However, I refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Mossley Hill (Mr. Alton) on 1 March at column 299, which outlined the Government's policy on the future strength of the Royal Navy.