§ Mr. Trotter
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is still proposed to order 12 Edatst minesweepers.
§ Mr. Pattie
In our first defence White Paper—Cmnd 7826—we confirmed previous intentions to proceed with a new class of minesweepers. We have recently placed an order for the first batch of four. Decisions on subsequent orders will be taken in due course.