To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which current programmes undertaken by RO Defence for his Department are (a) subject to delay and are concurrently (b) undergoing a Ministry of Defence investment appraisal. 
There are currently two programmes involving Royal Ordnance Defence Ltd. (ROD) which are experiencing delays. These are the Extended Range Ordnance/Modular Charge System (ERO/MCS) programme which is currently under review and the programme to design, develop and supply improved ammunition for the 4.5" Mk 8 Gun, fitted to Royal Navy frigates and destroyers. Neither is currently the subject of a Ministry of Defence investment appraisal.One current programme that will involve an investment appraisal as part of the Initial Gate Business Case submission is the exploration of options for a more collaborative approach with industry for the equipment support of the AS90 self propelled artillery system. One option will be that of partnering with ROD. The Initial Gate submission is planned for October 2003, the programme is not subject to delay.