DEFENCE – AIRCRAFT CARRIERS – 1 November 2010

Dr Julian Lewis: Can my hon. Friend at least go as far as dispelling any rumour or suggestion that the second carrier will be sold rather than remaining a part of the Royal Navy?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Peter Luff): That option is indeed spelt out in the SDSR document, but I think that it is unlikely to be adopted. Extended readiness is a much more likely option.]