§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department intends to spend in each of the financial years from 2004 to 2008 inclusive on new warship construction; and what the cost of refit and repair work will be. 
§ Dr. Moonie
[holding answer 8 July 2002]: Based on current plans. we expect to spend the following sums on new warship construction (including submarines):
£ million 2004–05 735 2005–06 1,890 2006–07 1,146 2007–08 1,126
The planning cycle for naval support expenditure covers four financial years. We estimate that the cost of planned maintenance (including refits) and repair work on warships (including submarines) and Royal Fleet 856W Auxiliary vessels will be in the region of £500 million in each of the years 2004–05 and 2005–06. These figures exclude the cost of upgraded equipment. Estimates for 2006–07 and 2007–08 are not available.
Figures are for planning purposes only and are subject to regular review.