HC Deb 01 February 1983 vol 36 c66W
33. Mr. Dixon

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many frigates and destroyers there will be in active service after 1985 on present Government plans.

Mr. Blaker

Our longer term plans envisage a force level of about 50 destroyers and frigates. Decisions about the balance between front-line ships and those in the standby squadron will be taken later in the light of our requirements and of available resources.