§ 46. Mr. Franks
asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many submarines are under design or construction in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy by (a) type and (b) shipyard.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Submarines under construction for the Royal Navy are as follows:
Number Type Shipyard 1 Trident class SSBN (05) VSEL Barrow 4 Trafalgar class SSNs (16–19) VSEL Barrow 1 Upholder class SSK (01) VSEL Barrow 1 Upholder class SSK (02) VSEL/CL Birkenhead
In addition, two further Upholder class SSKs are on order from the VSEL/CL Group but construction has not yet started. Also, VSEL have been invited to tender for the second Trident class SSBN and have a number of contracts covering preliminary design work for future submarines.