HC Deb 05 March 1982 vol 19 cc243-4W
Mr. Speed

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he calculates on present plans there will be 16, 17 and 18 nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarines (SSN) operational in the fleet.

Mr. Pattie

The build-up of the SSN force is linked to order and delivery dates on which decisions have still to be made. Our aim remains to achieve the force levels announced in Cmnd. 8288 by the end of the decade.