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Type 45 Destroyers

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest date is by which a seventh Type 45 destroyer would have to be ordered to avoid an interruption in production. (206627)

[holding answer 22 May 2008]: Following the Department's 2008 planning round, we no longer intend to take up the option to place orders for further Type 45 warships beyond the six already on contract. Instead, we plan to bring forward the timetable for the introduction of the Future Surface Combatant which is intended to provide replacements for the Type 22 and Type 23 frigates. This, together with the Carrier and Astute programmes, will balance the volume of construction workload across maritime programmes to ensure retention of key capabilities and viability of the business that delivers them.