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Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL13683, tabled on 12 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to maintain a sovereign capability in torpedo design, development and build.

Answered on

26 February 2019

The UK takes a risk based approach to the preservation of the operational advantage derived from our military capabilities and assurance of the freedom of action inherent in the way that they are procured. As such, the acquisition strategies for military capabilities are kept under review to ensure that they remain fit for purpose. For the purpose of safeguarding national security, it would not be appropriate to publicly identify the circumstances or aspects of capabilities we might regard as critical to be maintained in the UK.