Hanard on Aircraft Carriers, 11th June 2008


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     *Aircraft Carriers: Nuclear Power*

*Mr. Hancock:* To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of converting the design of the two future aircraft carriers to nuclear power. [209342]

*Mr. Bob Ainsworth:* Nuclear power was one of the options considered during the concept phase of the future aircraft carrier project but it was discounted primarily for reasons of cost, of both the ships themselves and the infrastructure required.

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