§ 15. Richard Ottaway (Croydon, South) (Con)
What assessment he has made of the procurement implications of the Defence White Paper. 
§ The Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Geoffrey Hoon)
The defence White Paper made clear that our future force development process is focused on capability and the need to deliver flexible, deployable and hard-hitting forces to perform a range of military tasks. Our procurement plans are configured to provide the equipment required to achieve that goal. I will be making a more detailed statement on Wednesday following the results of the 2004 spending review.
§ Richard Ottaway
I am grateful to the Secretary of State. What proposals does he have to provide airborne early warning cover to the new aircraft carriers?
§ John Robertson (Glasgow, Anniesland) (Lab)
Will my right hon. Friend give us an update on the MARS—military afloat reach and sustainability—project and the new ships that are going to be built?