§ 30. Mr. Sayeed
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the frigate and destroyer building programme.
§ 65. Mr. Galloway
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for frigate construction over the next 12 months.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
The frigate-building programme is proceeding well with 10 frigates currently under182W construction, four of which are expected to enter service this year. In addition, on 6 October last year, my right hon. Friend announced that we were to seek tenders for up to four more type 23 frigates. We have received tenders and their evaluation has now begun.