§ Mr. Keetch
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to ensure the effectiveness in the air defence role of Type 42 destroyers prior to all Type 45 destroyers entering into service; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Moonie
The introduction into service of the Type 45 destroyer equipped with the Principal Anti-Air Missile System will provide the improved naval air defence capability which the Royal Navy will need. In the 567W meantime, we have a programme of enhancements to the Type 42 destroyer and its GWS30 Sea Dart weapon system under way. We will continue to consider what further enhancements may be required while Type 42 destroyers remain in service.