HC Deb 24 November 1977 vol 939 cc869-70W
Mr. David Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts

Ship Planned Order date when tender invited Contract placed
Fifth Swiftsure Class Fleet submarine (HMS "Spartan") September 1972 February 1973
First ASW Cruiser (HMS "Invincible") February 1973 April 1973
First Type 22 Frigate (HMS "Broadsword") October 1973 February 1974
Ninth Type 42 Destroyer September 1976 March 1977
First of Improved Swiftsure Class submarine End 1976 September 1977
Second Mine Counter-measures Vessel (HMS "Ledbury") January 1977 March 1977
Fourth Type 22 Frigate September 1977 October 1977

As I indicated in my answer to the hon. Member for Harrogate, shipbuilders' capacity, industrial considerations, the course of the contract negotiations themselves and the effective management of the warship building programme as a whole, are all factors which may result in contracts being placed later than anticipated.

over by the RAF and used in a maritime rôle.