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Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if Her Majesty' s Government have any plans for the 'Inure building of any destroyers for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

The last Type 42 destroyer, HMS Edinburgh, is still under construction and the earliest ships of the class are expected to remain in service until the mid-1990s. Our programme of replacements for the destroyer and frigate force is based on the Type 23 frigate.