Nuclear Submarines

Defence written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he expects the projected in-service dates to be for each of the proposed new Trident submarines.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, The Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 11 December 2006

As the Government stated in the White Paper, 'The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent' (Cm 6994), published on 4 December 2006, we expect that continuous deterrent patrols could no longer be assured from around 2024 if the first of the new submarines were not in place by then.

The White Paper made clear that we are not yet in a position to make a firm judgment about how many submarines we require in future. It is too early to determine subsequent in-service dates.

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