Portsmouth Dockyard

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th December 2014.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the power supply improvements and additional investment needed to prepare HM Naval Base Portsmouth to support two Queen Elizabeth class carriers; what options are under consideration; and what estimate he has made of the investment required in HM Naval Base Portsmouth as a result of such changes.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Holding answer received on 09 December 2014

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 12 November 2013, (Official Report, column 562W) to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Mike Hancock).

The Ministry of Defence continues to prepare Portsmouth for the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, and an investment of more than £120 million over the next six years will be made in new infrastructure, including the installation of new power supplies, to ensure that the carriers can be properly maintained and supported.

I will not disclose further detail on the options being considered as that would prejudice the commercial interests of the Department and its suppliers.

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