§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the 12 Ship Programme for the Type 45 Destroyer will(a) start and (b) be completed. 
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
The Type 45 Destroyer programme is already under way and on 23 November 1999 BAE Systems was appointed as Prime Contractor and awarded a contract to complete the Preparation For Demonstration phase. As regards the delivery programme for the Type 45 warships, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 6 December 1999,Official Report, column 342W.