HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 c40W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely preferred variant type of Joint Strike Fighter for the future aircraft carriers. [58677]

Dr. Moonie

The Ministry of Defence is currently undertaking a detailed evaluation of the Short-Take-OW Vertical Landing and Carrier Variants of the Joint Strike Fighter to establish which would best meet our needs. A decision is planned to be taken by autumn this year and an announcement will then be made.