To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the decision to (a) pause and (b) restart the procurement process for the Type 31e frigate was made.
I refer the hon. Member to the response I gave to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones) on 5 September 2018 in response to question numbers 167940,167941, 167942 and 167945 and to the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) in response to question number 167315.
We launched the new procurement on 13 August 2018 when we issued a Prior Information Notice in Defence Contracts Online.