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 Baroness Smith of Newnham Baroness Smith of Newnham Liberal Democrat 3:23 pm, 6th March 2019

My Lords, in light of the National Audit Office’s November 2018 report, which suggested that the MoD’s equipment plan remained unaffordable, falling about £10 billion short over the next 10 years, will the Minister explain to the House what plans the MoD has to ensure that the Type 31e frigates are delivered on time and, crucially, on budget? Are the new procurement arrangements intended to deliver that?