To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he now expects to arrange a decision on the placing of an order for AOR 2; and if he will make a statement.
I am pleased to be able to announce that agreement has been reached with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders on a contract for the second auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel. This follows the preferential opportunity given to the company to bid for this order as announced by my right hon. Friend in the House on 24 April 1986 at column 434. Construction is expected to begin next year.