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Defence written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are in each readiness category, broken down by ship type.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

I am withholding the information requested as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness and security of the Armed Forces. My predecessor wrote to my hon. Friend Dr. Lewis on 6 March 2007 explaining in detail the Department's policy on releasing such information. A copy of his letter is available in the Library of the House.

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