HC Deb 29 January 1996 vol 270 c537W
Dr. David Clark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects to announce his decision on the award of the contract for the next batch of type 23 frigates; [12318]

(2) how many type 23 frigates he proposes to order; and to fulfil what function. [12427]

Mr. Arbuthnot

Tenders are being assessed for a batch of up to three type 23 frigates which are highly capable, modern general purpose frigates, optimised for anti-submarine warfare. An announcement will be made as soon as the decision has been taken.