§ Angus Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much, and by what percentage, the unit 217W costs of each Airbus 400 ordered for the RAF will change as a result of Germany's decision to reduce its Airbus 400 order. 
§ Dr. Moonie
[holding answer 9 December 2002]: We welcome the official announcement from the German Government concerning its participation in the A400M programme with an off take of 60 aircraft.
The cost impact, if any, of the reduction in German off take will be determined through negotiation with the prime contractor, Airbus Military. We will clearly hope to minimise any price increase to the United Kingdom.