HL Deb 04 July 2003 vol 650 cc148-9WA
Lord Vivian

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will make an announcement concerning the next stage of the Future Rapid Effect System; and when the last of the FV430 series of vehicles will be withdrawn from service. [HL3666]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach)

We are currently considering the Initial Gate for the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) assessment phase and we expect to make an announcement shortly.

The withdrawal from service of the FV430 series of vehicles is linked to wider work on the future composition of the armoured fighting vehicle fleet. This is currently under consideration.