HC Deb 08 November 1977 vol 938 c469
8. Mr. Pattie

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to announce the placing of the order for the third through-deck cruiser.

Dr. Gilbert

I am not yet in a position to announce a decision.

Mr. Pattie

But as the Government know that an agreement is required for more through-deck cruisers, would it not be more efficient and cost-effective to place a follow-on-order now with one of the yards where the work is being satisfactorily carried through, and where a need is already manifest for further work to be placed?

Dr. Gilbert

I hope that it will not be too long before I take a decision, but we have not yet decided where the next order will be placed.

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