HMS Ark Royal

Defence written question – answered on 30th November 2011.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence-related restrictions he plans to apply when deciding whether or not to sell the Ark Royal to the Chinese Government; what information his Department holds on the benefit derived by the Chinese navy from its reverse-engineering of a previously purchased aircraft carrier; what assessment his Department has made of the purposes to which the Chinese Government intend to put the Ark Royal if their bid for the vessel is successful; and if he will make it his policy not to sell the Ark Royal to China.

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

holding answer 29 November 2011

There is no intention to sell HMS Ark Royal to the Chinese or any other Government. HMS Ark Royal is being disposed of by commercial tendering to the most appropriate bidder, either for use in a non-military capacity or for recycling. Work to evaluate a number of bids is under way but no decisions have yet been made.

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