§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to reduce the number of Type-23 Frigates; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Ingram
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 12 June 2003,Official Report, column 1018W, to the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin). There are currently no plans to reduce the number of 890W Royal Navy Type-23 Frigates before the end of their scheduled service life around the middle of the next decade, from which point they will be progressively withdrawn.