HC Deb 07 May 1996 vol 277 c5
5. Dr. Spink

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the advantages to the Royal Navy and to the United Kingdom of the Government's recent order for three type 23 frigates. [26923]

Mr. Arbuthnot

The order will provide a major enhancement to the Royal Navy's escort fleet and show the Government's commitment to first-class equipment for the armed forces. The order is worth around £400 million and will bring work to Yarrow and companies across the UK.

Dr. Spink

Does my hon. Friend agree that his answer illustrates two incontrovertible facts—that the UK continues to maintain the most professional, formidable and technologically superior armed forces; and that the great benefits to Scotland of remaining in the UK extend further than the Yarrow shipyard?

Mr. Arbuthnot

I agree. We have ordered some highly capable ships at a most affordable price, and by placing that order we have ensured the continuation in British industry of a capability that we need to see continued. The order is good news for the UK and for Scotland.