HC Deb 08 February 1995 vol 254 cc325-6W
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 current competition, we hope to be in a position to place an order around the end of the year.