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Aircraft Carriers: Procurement

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason the order for the future aircraft carriers has not been placed; and what conditions will have to be fulfilled before it will be placed. (206626)

[holding answer 22 May 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement laid by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 20 May 2008, Official Report, column 15WS, indicating we have given our written assurance to industry of our intention to place the contract once the proposed shipbuilding joint venture company has formed.