§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost of the refit of HMS Chatham; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Spellar
Expenditure to date on HMS Chatham's refit is some £22 million, which includes an element for additional work which could not have been foreseen 83W before the refit began. Final payment will be made on completion of the guarantee period, which expires in December 2000.