Type 31 Frigates: Exports

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the export strategy for the Type 31 frigate following increases to the construction costs of that frigate.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is remains her Department’s policy (a) that the price for a Type 31e frigate is capped at £250 million and (b) to order five Type 31e frigates.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate she has made of the cost of procuring a Type 31e frigate.

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

We still want all five Type 31e Frigates at an average production price of £250 million per ship. We are confident that it will be competitively priced in the global export market.

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