HC Deb 13 February 2004 vol 418 c41W
Mr. Todd

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will place an order for long lead items for the fourth Astute Class boat; and whether he has assessed the impact on the supply chain of delay in placing such an order. [147610]

Mr. Ingram

The Ministry of Defence has been working closely with UK industry to assess the implications for sub component suppliers arising from delays to the Astute submarine programme. Purchase of some long lead items for the fourth boat has begun and further measures are under consideration.

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