§ Mr. Gerald Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made in finalising the contractual arrangements between his Department and BAe Systems in respect of the acquisition of Hawk 128 Advanced Jet Trainers. 
§ Mr. Ingram
Good progress has been made to date with BAE Systems. A contract for risk reduction activities is expected to be signed before the end of the year. Negotiations towards a final contract for Hawk 128 continue.