§ 25. Mr. Trimble
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the current state of plans to maintain the Royal Navy's amphibious capability.
§ 27. Mr. Wilkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve the capability of the Royal Navy to conduct amphibious operations.
§ Mr. Aitken
Evaluation of tenders for the new landing platform helicopter vessel, received in October, will be complete this summer. An order would be dependent upon the outcome of our evaluation of tenders and the competing demands within the defence programme at the time. On completion of project definition studies, invitations to tender are planned to be issued for the first of the replacement assault ships. Design studies are under way for the refurbishment and re-equipment of the three older landing ships logistic.