HC Deb 25 July 1989 vol 157 c680W
Mr. Speed

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the up-to-date progress of the NATO frigate project; and how much money his Department has spent on this so far.

Mr. Sainsbury

The contract for project definition was signed in January and is expected to take two years to complete.

The next milestone is a review of progress by all eight NATO nations during this autumn, when the United Kingdom will also consider the alignment between the programmes for the ship and its major weapons systems.

My Department's expenditure to June 1989 amounts to approximately £4.5 million.

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