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Armed Forces: Warships

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 25 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What were the contracted and out-turn prices and duration of refit for each of the Type 42 destroyers completed since 1997; and [HL6400]

What were the contracted and out-turn prices and duration of refit for each of the Type 22 and Type 23 frigates completed since 1997. [HL6401]

There is no requirement to keep contractual information beyond seven years, and the costs of upkeep contracts that were completed prior to 2001 are no longer held. While details of upkeep contracts that were awarded following competition or under the SSS programme are provided in the following tables, it is not possible to provide complete details of contracts awarded through the allocated programme as some of the information is held in archive. Once this has been retrieved and analysed, I will write to the noble Lord with the requested information.

Completed contracts

HM Ship

Type

Refit dates

Approx. duration (weeks)

Contracted price (£m) 1

Final cost (£m)

Gloucester

T42

Feb 02-Apr 03

63

23.4

23.4

Argyll

T23

Jun 03-Nov 03

24

5.6

5.6

Chatham

T22

Jan 04-May 04

20

6.6

6.6

Manchester

T42

Apr 04-Oct 04

28

6.9

6.6 2

Lancaster

T23

May 04-Dec 04

32

7.6

7.6

Somerset

T23

May 06-Jun 07

56

11.9

11.9

Portland

T23

May 06-Jan 07

44

8.7

8.7

Cornwall

T22

Nov 04-Dec 05

56

13.4

13.4

Richmond

T23

Aug 05-Sep 06

56

9.4

9.4

Kent

T23

Jan 05-Jun 05

24

5.8

5.8

1 Out-turn cost data are not required for completed contracts as the price is agreed as part of the contract negotiations.

2 The final cost for HMS Manchester was subject to implementation of a Target Cost Incentive Fee shareline, therefore cost underruns were shared between the MOD and the company.

Contracts placed under the SSS Programme

HM Ship

Type

Refit dates

Duration (weeks)

Contracted price incl. profit and growth (£m)

Out-turn cost excl. profit (£m)

Final cost (£m)

Liverpool

T42

Nov 06-Apr 07

22

5.6

Out-turn and final costs will not be available until final cost certificates have been submitted by the contractor.

Cumberland

T22

Dec 06-Feb 08

60

17.5

Iron Duke

T23

Feb 07-Nov 07

40

10.8

Gloucester

T42

May 07 Nov 07

30

6.4

St Albans

T23

May 07-Jul 08

60

15.4