holding answer 25 June 2012
I refer the right hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 10 May 2012, Hansard, columns 140-42. Announcing the decision to switch the planned order for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft from Carrier Varriant to Short-take-off and Vertical Landing, he made clear that a focus on joint maritime task groups ensuring carrier availability, rather than cross-deck operations is the appropriate route to optimising alliance capabilities.