Type 31 Frigates

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 5th September 2018.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress his Department has made on procuring Type 31e frigates; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the Type 31e frigate acquisition process has been halted; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his plans are for the new Type 31e frigate procurement competition.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's new procurement competition for the Type 31e frigate will maintain the policy of capping the price of each vessel at £250 million.

Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether DE&S plans to issue a new pre-qualification questionnaire to industry for the Type 31e frigate competition.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence took the decision to stop the procurement of the Type 31e Frigate because we had not received sufficient compliant bids for the Competitive Design Phase. The market was formally notified on 20 July 2018.

We communicated our plans for the first stage of the new procurement on 13 August 2018 by issuing a Prior Information Notice (PIN). This PIN invited potential suppliers to a short period of early market engagement to allow us to share with industry key elements of the new procurement, including technical and commercial information. The outcome of this market engagement will inform the next steps of the new procurement process.

There has been no change in our plan to procure a first batch of five new Type 31e Frigates for £1.25 billion.

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