Lord West of Spithead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to place the order for the first Type 26 frigate.
Earl Howe: The statement made on 23 November 2015 in the House of Commons by the Prime Minister on the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (Official Report, column 1049) set out the Government’s commitment to build eight Type 26 anti-submarine warfare ships, preceded by two additional Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), as well as the intent to develop a new light frigate program.
We have now begun detailed work to take forward the program outlined by the Prime Minister. The impact of building the two additional OPVs on the Type 26 program schedule, including the timing of the award of the contract to build the ships and their build schedule, will be central to this work. In due course, a revised program will be produced and be considered through the normal investment approvals process.
HL3907 – Warships (Answered)
Lord West of Spithead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review, whether they plan for the Royal Navy to have a two-tier escort force in the future.
Earl Howe: In addition to setting out the Government’s commitment to build eight Type 26 anti-submarine warfare ships, the statement by the Prime Minister on the outcome of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (Official Report, column 1049 dated 23 November 2015) announced the launch of a concept study for a new class of lighter, flexible general purpose frigates, so that by the 2030s we can further increase the total number of frigates and destroyers. This study will consider the utility of the new frigate within the wider force structure across the spectrum of tasks the Royal Navy undertakes.
Lord West of Spithead: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the two new offshore patrol vehicles announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review will be run operationally alongside the existing seven.
Earl Howe: The three Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) currently under construction will enter service as replacements for three of the four in-service OPVs. As announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review [Cm9161], two further River Class OPVs will be built, resulting in a more modern and more capable fleet of up to six OPVs in the Royal Navy.
7960 – NATO: Military Exercises (Answered)
Maria Eagle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on contributions to NATO training exercises in each year since 2010.
Penny Mordaunt: The amount contributed by the UK to NATO Common Funded training exercises in each year since 2010 is:
€ million £ million
2010 5.197 4.480
2011 6.167 5.362
2012 5.405 4.394
2013 6.153 5.215
2014 5.093 4.107
2015 2.578 1.882
The figures for 2010-14 are actuals; the figures for 2015 are the current estimates.