§ Mr. Trotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the current annual running costs for a frigate or destroyer of each of the classes(a) Leander, (b) type 42, (c) type 21 and (d) type 22; and what is his estimate of the costs for a type 23 frigate.
§ Mr. Neubert
The average annual operating costs, at financial year 1987–88 prices, of the following classes of destroyer and frigates are:(a) Leander £3.8 million, (b) type 42 £7 million, (c) type 21 £3.8 million, (d) type 22 £4.8 million and (e) type 23 £3.6 million. These costs include personnel, fuel, spares and so on, and administrative support services, but exclude new construction, capital equipment, and refit-repair costs.