Royal Navy: Type 31e Frigates - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:23 pm on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 3:23 pm, 6th March 2019

My Lords, I thank the noble Earl for his answer. Many of us who are concerned about the number of ships in the Navy have been concerned about this delay in ordering. Only yesterday, the noble Lord, Lord Lee of Trafford, accosted me and asked whether the ships’ names committee could call them the “Grayling Class” as there were no ships, which I thought a little unfair. Can the noble Earl reassure the House that the first of these ships will be fully active in the Royal Navy in 2023? If not, as the noble Earl knows, “HMS Argyll” will pay off and the number of frigates that this great maritime nation possesses will have dropped to 12.