§ Dr Julisn Lewis
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the current capability of the FA2 Sea Harrier for possible combat in the Middle East. 
§ Mr. Hoon
No decision has been taken to authorise military action against Iraq. As I told the House in the course of my statement on 7 January 2003,Official Report, column 37, HMS Ark Royal is deploying in a helicopter carrier role and is therefore not currently carrying any Sea Harriers.