To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-compliant bids have been submitted to the competition to build the Type 31e frigate.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any bids submitted to the Type 31e frigate competition were priced at less than £250 million for each frigate.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any compensation is due to bidders due to the pausing of the Type 31e frigate procurement.
I am withholding the information requested about the bids received as its release would prejudice the commercial interests of the bidders and the Ministry of Defence.
When the previous Competitive Design Phase was stopped, we exercised our right as set out in the procurement documents and as such compensation is not payable to the bidders.