§ Mr. Terry Fields
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has on the progress of negotiations with the Canadian Government on the purchase from VSEL Nuclear Submarines of Trafalgar class vessels; when he expects any deal to be concluded; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
I understand that the Canadian Government are still considering the options for purchasing nuclear-powered submarines. We continue to believe that the Trafalgar class vessels meet the Canadian operational requirement in all key respects.