HC Deb 18 November 1981 vol 13 c161W
Sir Frederick Burden

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the present frigate and destroyer class ships are to be kept operational until the new antisubmarine type 23 now at the design stage replaces them, in view of the fact that its sea trials are not estimated to take place until 1988.

Mr. Blaker

I have nothing to add to the statement on future force levels in Cmnd. 8288 and to the reply by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence to a question from my hon. Friend in the debate on 7 July 1981.—[Vol. 8, c. 284.]