§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the overrun in the Nimrod airborne radar programme; and how many months this programme is behind schedule.
§ Mr. Butler
Because of difficulties with the radar, the Nimrod AEW aircraft did not enter service in 1984 as we had announced in the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1984" (Cmnd 9227-I). We are assessing the various options for bringing the project to completion. Until a way forward has been agreed, it is not possible to determine by how much in real terms the project will exceed original estimates, nor by how long the programme as a whole will be delayed.