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Royal Navy

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is satisfied that his current replacement and new ordering programme is large enough to ensure that the Royal Navy has a minimum of 50 frigates and destroyers in the front line, as envisaged in the 1984 White Paper (Cmnd. 9227).

I can confirm that ordering arrangements for new ships will be related to the Government's aim to maintain a force level of about 50 front line destroyers and frigates in the longer term as stated in Cmnd. 9227.