HC Deb 09 July 2002 vol 388 cc855-6W
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. [67567]

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 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.