HC Deb 30 June 1948 vol 452 c2181
4. Mr. Gammans

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he will give an undertaking that as soon as possible one of the new capital ships or cruisers being constructed for the Royal Navy will bear the name H.M.S. "Malaya," to take the place of the ship which was presented to the Royal Navy by the people of Malaya, and to maintain the link between that country and the Royal Navy.

Mr. Dugdale

The hon. Member's suggestion will be borne in mind, with others, when the names of future ships of these Classes are being considered.

Mr. Gammans

Cannot the Minister do better than that? Cannot he say definitely that at an early date one of the new ships shall be named H.M.S. "Malaya"?

Mr. Dugdale

One consideration which we have to bear in mind is that we have to ask the Government of Malaya whether the people of Malaya want it to be so named.

Sir R. Ross

In sympathetic response to the suggestion will the Admiralty lay down a capital ship?

Mr. Kirkwood

Come up to the Clyde.