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Astute Class Submarines

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL3105, tabled on 8 November 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 November (HL2668), whether the complete orders for boats 6 and 7 of the Astute-class submarines have been agreed and signed; and whether the orders have been placed on a cost plus or other basis.

Answered on

17 November 2016

Negotiations are ongoing between the Ministry of Defence and the build contractor, BAE Systems, to put in place the Whole Boat contract for both submarines. As this has not yet been finalised it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics.

In the meantime, construction of both submarines continues under existing limits of liability contracts.