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Astute-Class Submarines

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what timetable has been set for the completion of the construction programme for Astute-class submarines and the commencement of the programme to construct Trident II submarines in the same facility. (249003)

There has been a delay to the Astute programme. It is currently being re-baselined and an announcement will be made in due course. Lessons learnt from the programme are, however, being applied to the design and build phase of the Future Submarine programme as part of normal business between closely related programmes.

The Future Submarine programme to procure a new class of submarine to replace the Vanguard-class is at an early stage and no decisions have yet been taken on where the submarines will be built.