POINT OF ORDER – FUTURE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS – 28 November 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister was asked why his Defence Ministers had suddenly stopped giving 2012 and 2015 as the projected in-service dates for the future aircraft carrier. He replied that it was "perfectly possible" that those might be the actual dates. At the weekend, however, reports were manifest that the project has slipped by anything up to four years. Have you, Mr. Speaker, been informed of any intention by the Defence Minister to come to the House to make a statement about this important project, or by the Prime Minister to come to the House and correct the record?

[Mr Speaker: ... The Prime Minister's responses and replies are not a matter for me. If the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr Lewis) feels that the figures or statements should be challenged, he can seek an opportunity for an Adjournment debate or table more parliamentary questions.]