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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated total procurement cost for Eurofighter is; what the estimated (a) cost and (b) saving would be of cancellation of the third tranche of orders; and if he will make a statement. [111837]

The estimated total procurement cost to the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon is £18.633 billion.Under the collaborative procurement arrangements for the project, the attribution of costs and savings from any cancellation of the third tranche of orders would need to be discussed and formally agreed between the four nations. No such discussions have taken place.