HL Deb 11 October 2004 vol 665 c14WA
Lord Astor of Hever

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions they have had with the government of Chile for the sale of British warships to the Chilean Navy; which ships are involved: and at what values do they stand in the audited balance sheet of the Ministry of Defence as at 31 March. [HL4180]

Lord Bach

The Ministry of Defence's Disposal Services Agency has had, and continues to have, exploratory discussions with the government of Chile relating to the possible sale of three surplus Type 23 frigates, HMS "Marlborough", HMS "Grafton" and HMS "Norfolk". The net book value of each vessel as of 31 March this year was:

HMS "Marlborough" £50,954,818.74
HMS "Grafton" £74,422,503.35
HMS "Norfolk" £44,530,939.88