§ Mr. MacShane
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Rotherham of 17 November 1997,Official Report, column 72, if he will make a statement on the current status of the Challenger 2 programme. 
§ Mr. Spellar
I am pleased to announce that The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have become the first regiment to be fully equipped with the Challenger 2 main battle tank. This is a significant milestone in the Challenger 2 programme.