§ Mr. Banks
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list details of shipbuilding contracts which have been deferred since the present Government took office.
Ship Planned order date
when tender invited
Contract placed Seventh Type 42 Destroyer (HMS "Exeter") October 1975 January 1976 Eighth Type 42 Destroyer October 1975 March 1976 Second Type 22 Frigate (HMS "Battleaxe") July 1975 September 1975 Sixth Swiftsure Class Fleet Submarine Late 1974 May 1976 Mine Counter-measures Vessel (HMS "Brecon") End 1974 April 1975
The ninth Type 42 destroyer, currently under tender, is expected to be ordered early in the new year instead of in the autumn of this year. Shipbuilders' capacity, industrial considerations, the course of the contract negotiations themselves, and the effective management of the warshipbuilding programme as a whole, are all factors which may result in contracts being placed later than anticipated.
§ Dr. Gilbert
Nine destroyers/frigates, two amphibious ships, one fleet maintenance ship, three large fleet tankers and one support ship, as announced in the 1975 defence White Paper, Command 5976.