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Defence: Procurement

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the costs incurred as a result of (a) the procurement of the new carriers, (b) the procurement of the Joint Strike Fighter, (c) the Trident replacement programme, (d) procurement of the type 45 destroyers, (e) the Future Rapid Effect System, (f) upgrading naval bases for the new carriers and (g) replacing assets lost, damaged or prematurely worn out by the conflicts in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in each of the next five years. (154019)

Current estimates of the costs incurred over the next five years for the programmes are as follows.

Carriers

The overall estimated costs to be incurred as a result of the procurement of the new carriers in the next five years will total £2,415 million.

Disclosure of the detailed estimated annual costings over the five-year period for the procurement of the new carrier would likely prejudice the commercial interest of the project and cannot be provided.

Joint Strike Fighter

Current estimates of the costs incurred for Joint Strike Fighter are shown in Table A.

Table A: Joint Strike Fighter

£ million

2008-09

160

2009-10

200

2010-11

250

2011-12

285

2012-13

360

UK Nuclear Deterrent Programme

The costs provided in Table B are the estimated costs that the MOD expects to incur over the next three years to implement the decisions to maintain the UK's nuclear deterrent capability beyond the life of the current Vanguard class submarines as set out in the December 2006 White Paper, ‘The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent’ (Cm6994) and endorsed by Parliament on 14 March 2007.

The main part of the programme has not passed business case initial gate approval. Detailed spending plans for future years are therefore not set at this stage.

Table B: The future UK nuclear deterrent programme

£ million

2008-09

200

2009-10

300

2010-11

400

2011-12

2012-13

Type 45 Destroyers

Current estimates of the costs for Type 45 Destroyers are shown in Table C.

Table C: Type 45 Destroyers

£ million

2008-09

550

2009-10

430

2010-11

420

2011-12

290

2012-13

310

Future Rapid Effect System

The estimated costs for the assessment phase of the Future Rapid Effect System project as set out in the National Audit Office Ministry of Defence Major Projects Report 2006 is £649 million.

Disclosure of detailed estimated annual costings over the five year period for the procurement of FRES would likely prejudice the commercial interest of the project and cannot be provided.

Upgrading Naval Bases

The estimated costs to be incurred as a result of upgrading the naval bases for the new carriers in the next five years will total £67 million.

Disclosure of the detailed estimated annual costings over the five year period for the upgrading of the naval bases would likely prejudice the commercial interest of the project and cannot be provided.

Replacement of Assets

Due to the unpredictable nature of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan it is not possible to predict an estimate of the costs of replacing assets lost, damaged or prematurely worn out by the conflicts.