§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost of HMS Brave being held in extended readiness. 
§ Mr. Spellar
HMS Brave entered extended readiness in April 1999. Since then, £0.38 million has been spent in keeping her in this state. This figure includes the cost of preparations for extended readiness and the cost of the tow from Devonport to Portsmouth. The estimated cost to hold her in extended readiness for the next year will be a further £0.4 million.