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Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 65-67WS, on defence equipment, what effect the reduction of the planned production order from 70 airframes to 62 airframes will have on the procurement cost of the Future Lynx programme; and when the decision to reduce the order was taken. (248849)

[holding answer 19 January 2009]: The reduction of the planned production order will save some costs, however the extent and breakdown of these savings is commercially sensitive and if released could prejudice our commercial interests. The decision was taken as part of the examination of the equipment programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 65-67WS, on defence equipment, on what date the decision was taken to reduce the number of airframes to be procured under the Future Lynx programme from 70 to 62. (248907)

[holding answer 19 January 2009]: The decision to reduce the number of aircraft was taken as part of our recent examination of the equipment programme.