Type 26 Frigates

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th February 2018.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 February (HL5091), whether they have produced any estimates of the difference in cost per ship if long-lead items had been ordered for all eight Type 26 Frigates, rather than for an initial batch of three ships.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The Ministry of Defence undertook a series of cost modelling options to inform the decision to order the ships in two batches, and this included the purchase of long-lead items. We concluded that any small benefit that might accrue from buying long-lead items for all eight ships would be offset by the risk of the items becoming obsolete before the start of the programme for the second batch of ships.

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