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Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are in each readiness category, broken down by ship type. (177537)

I am withholding the information requested as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness and security of the Armed Forces. My predecessor wrote to my hon. Friend the Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis) on 6 March 2007 explaining in detail the Department’s policy on releasing such information. A copy of his letter is available in the Library of the House.