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Hms Sheffield

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 11 June 2003, Official Report, column 911W, on HMS Sheffield, what the original cost of building HMS Sheffield was; what the cost of her refit was in 1996; what her annual operating cost has been; how much was raised by her sale to Chile; and if he will make a statement. [119992]

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Hereford (Mr. Keetch) on 4 February 2003, Official Report, column 174W.Negotiations concerning the disposal of Ministry of Defence surplus equipment are matters of commercial and customer confidentiality and I am therefore withholding details of the revenues received under Exemption 1 and 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.