Royal Navy: Warships - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 1st February 2018.

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Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Chair, International Relations Committee 11:15 am, 1st February 2018

My Lords, can the Minister say what discussions his colleagues have had with Commonwealth navies about the building, deployment and operation of warships? Does he accept that, while frigates are very valuable to our powered defence strength, they are also a major transmission of our influence and soft power across the globe?