Armed Forces: Pay — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:30 pm on 20 March 2013.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 3:30, 20 March 2013

My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on the Government's decision to send HMS "Daring" to Australia for the centenary of the Australian Navy. That leaves us with 18 escorts for the rest of the world. Does not the Minister agree that 18 is far too few and that we need to get going on the order for the Type 26 ship?