§ Mr. Neil Turner
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the anticipated order is for the Astute Class Submarine programme; and what the anticipated phasing of the order is. 
§ Mr. Ingram
[holding answer 7 June 2004]: There are three Astute Class Submarines currently on contract with BAE Systems. Further orders for the Astute Class Submarine are being considered and an announcement will be made at the appropriate time.