§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the contract for the last two of the Sandown-class minehunters will be completed. 
§ Dr. Moonie
This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.
Letter from Robert Walmsley to Mr. Mike Hancock, dated 20 April 2000:I am replying to your question to the Secretary of State for Defence asking when the contract for the last two of the Sandown Class Mine Hunters will be completed. This matter falls within my area of responsibility as Chief of Defence Procurement and Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency.HMS Blythe is due to be delivered to the Ministry of Defence on 3I March 2001.HMS Shoreland is due to be delivered to the Ministry of Defence on 31 December 2001.The contract also covers a 2 year warranty period for the completion of any outstanding work or defects after the delivery of each ship.