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Hms Warspite

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 22 May, Official Report, column 94, if he will make a statement on what details he may release on the condition of HMS Warspite with respect to national security considerations, and if he will list (a) the date of entry into dock of HMS Warspite for refit, (b) the date, within the nearest four weeks, on which the Warspite was expected to finish her refit and (c) which British nuclear-powered submarines have so far been inspected following the report of defects in British nuclear-powered submarines.

HMS Warspite's refit began in 1988 with a planned completion date towards the end of 1990. This date is currently under review. With regard to the nuclear submarine inspection programme I have nothing further to add to the reply given to the hon. Member on 22 May 1990 at column 94.