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Sea Harrier

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what methods are planned to defend Royal Navy vessels and land-attack aircraft in a conflict occurring after the withdrawal of the Sea Harrier in 2006; [111317](2) what assessment he has made of the ability of Type 45 destroyers to fulfil the role of the FA2 Sea Harrier after 2006. [111340]

I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave on 23 January 2003, Official Report, column 454W, and 16 January 2003, Official Report, column 702W.