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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 509W, on the Joint Strike Fighter, what estimate he has made of the effect of the recent changes in the value of sterling against the US dollar on the cost of the development phase of the Joint Strike Fighter programme. (257519)

Since the UK joined the development phase of the joint strike fighter programme in 2001 we have benefited significantly from the strength of the pound against the dollar and as a result forecasted costs are still expected to remain within the approved level. As the UK contributions to this phase of the programme are largely complete, I do not anticipate a significant impact.