§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average operating cost of(a) batch 3 type 22, (b) type 23 and (c) type 42 destroyers were in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Ingram
The actual cost of operating various types of frigates and destroyers will vary considerably from year to year, dependent on the tasking and maintenance undertaken during that period. Average annual operating costs, based on historic costs over the last two full financial years are given in the table. The 347W figures include manpower, maintenance, fuel, stores and other costs (such as harbour dues), but exclude depreciation and cost of capital.
£ million Financial Year 2001–02 2002–03 (a) Batch 3 Type 22 Frigate 11.9 13.1 (b) Type 23 Frigate 10.3 10.3 (c) Type 42 Destroyer 13.0 13.5