HMS Endurance

Defence written question – answered on 26th April 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2010, Official Report, column 1316W, on HMS Endurance, when he expects to announce a decision on the future of HMS Endurance; and whether he has estimated the cost of repair to the present vessel.

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

On current plans, a decision on the future of HMS Endurance is now expected to be taken in 2012. I am withholding information relating to estimated costs as its disclosure would prejudice the Ministry of Defence's commercial interests. However, as Lord Astor of Hever said in another place on 21 March 2011, Hansard, House of Lords, columns 451-52, HMS Protector will provide the interim replacement ice patrol ship capability for at least the next three years while we consider the long-term future of HMS Endurance.

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