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Nimrod Aircraft

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) in-service date and (b) cost of the Nimrod MRA4 is. (227871)

The current forecast in-service date for Nimrod MRA4 is 2010. The current forecast procurement cost is £3,602 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recommendations of the Nimrod XV230 crash board of inquiry report have been implemented to date. (226913)

Of the 33 recommendations made by the Board of Inquiry (BOI) into the loss of Nimrod XV230, 22 have been implemented in full. This includes seven recommendations which relate to air-to-air refuelling (AAR), which are considered to be closed because AAR for the Nimrod has been prohibited.

Work on eight of the BOI recommendations is ongoing. The remaining three recommendations have not been taken forward as it is considered that their intent has been met through other means.