§ Mr. Fatchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to place an order for the next batch of type 23 frigates.
§ Mr. Freeman
Invitations to tender for a further batch of up to three type 23 frigates were issued in November 1994. Subject to a successful outcome of the current326W competition, we hope to be in a position to place an order around the end of the year.