§ Mr. Sarwar
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his discussions on the aircraft carrier contract with BAE Systems and Thales. 
§ Mr. Ingram
Regular discussions occur between the future carrier (CVF) project team, BAE Systems and Thales United Kingdom as part of the routine business of the Assessment Phase. These cover and include issues relating to the contract for Stage 3 of the Assessment Phase.