Defence written question – answered on 27th July 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has assessed the merits of delivering the first boat in the Vanguard-successor class submarines before the completion of the final boats of the Astute-class order.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 21 July 2010

The Astute and successor programmes are subject to the Strategic Defence and Security Review and value for money studies respectively.

Decisions regarding delivery schedules will be made on completion of both these studies, and will ensure a sustainable industrial programme to allow the retention and transfer of key industrial capabilities.

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