§ Mr. Frank Field
asked the Secretary of State for Defence which yards will be invited to tender for the third type 23 which he announced on 28 January, Official Report, column 21.
§ Mr. Lee
No negotiations have yet taken place. As my right hon. Friend said on 28 January, at column 21, Swan 511W Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd. will be invited to tender for the type 23–O2 frigate as soon as this can sensibly be done and the order will be placed subject to satisfactory agreement on price and other contract terms.
§ Sir David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Defence for which reasons he has decided to allocate the second order for the type 23 frigate to Swan Hunter without offering the order to open tender.