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Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current status is of the order for two future aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement. (137888)

[holding answer 17 December 2007]: As I announced on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 865, we have committed to placing an order for two future carriers. Contracts will be placed with the industrial participants in the Aircraft Carrier Alliance delivering the project, when the joint venture between BAE Systems and VT Group has completed the necessary approvals to allow it to receive a contract. This process is nearing completion.