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Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in deciding where to baseport the Royal Navy’s frigates. (246099)

The scope of work carried out at the three naval bases (Portsmouth, Devonport and Clyde), including the base porting of Royal Navy vessels, is currently being considered as part of the Maritime Change Programme. This work is now reaching a conclusion although we need to ensure that final decisions are fully aligned with the recently announced changes to the equipment programme. An announcement on the Maritime Change Programme will be made as soon as is practicable.