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Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

Defence written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) when he expects the final downselection in the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tanker contract to occur;

(2) what the total cost to the public purse is of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tanker contract;

(3) on what date he expects the (a) first and (b) last Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tankers to be delivered to the Royal Navy.

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

Final bids have been requested from the bidders in the ongoing international competition for the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Tanker contract. We anticipate announcing the winning bidder early next year.

I am withholding information on the cost of the contract and the planned delivery schedule as their disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

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