§ Mr. Duncan Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list HMS Sheffield's deployments over the past 12 months and the planned deployments for the next 12 months. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 15 December 2000]: HMS Sheffield only had one main overseas deployment during 2000. This was to the Baltic region between 26 May to 26 July in order to participate in Exercise BALTOPS and to conduct a series of port visits in the region to support UK's Outreach and NATO's Partnership for Peace Programmes.
During the next 12 months, HMS Sheffield is scheduled to deploy between February and August as the Atlantic Patrol Task (North) ship. Her programme after August is still under consideration.