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Nuclear Submarines: Procurement

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to order an eighth SSN. (145841)

Three Astute Class submarines are on order with BAES and a further order was placed on 21 May 2007, Official Report, column 55-56WS to commence the build of the fourth boat.

Further boat orders are being considered, subject to affordability. We are working with industry as part of the Defence Industrial Strategy to achieve an affordable and sustainable submarine programme.