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Aircraft Carriers

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected date of commission is of the future aircraft carriers; and what tonnage they will be. (94911)

The projected programme dates, including commissioning and in-service dates, for the future aircraft carriers will only be set following the main investment decision and once they have been approved by Ministers. This decision has not yet been taken, and will only be taken when we know with confidence the risks, the costs and the associated contractual framework involved in building the carriers. The current design of the carriers assumes a start of life displacement of some 65,000 tonnes.