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Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 40W, on warships, what the (a) required and (b) actual level of spare part availability has been for each (i) frigate, (ii) destroyer and (iii) submarine type in the Royal Navy in each year since 2001. (253787)

As I stated in my answer on 26 January 2009, Official Report, column 40W, there is no requirement to measure the availability of spare parts for Royal Navy vessels in the format requested as availability is measured at equipment rather than platform level. The new system currently being rolled out to record performance statistics for equipment demands only holds data from the last 12 months which I provided in my earlier response; information prior to this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.