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.
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.