HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 cc1148-9
61. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if the French naval authorities have been given any opportunity of accepting the former French warship "Implacable" in her present situation, and of thus being able to make such arrangements as they might think desirable or appropriate for the final disposal of this vessel.

The Parliamentary and Financial Secretary to the Admiralty (Mr. John Dugdale)

As explained to the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Bartlett) on 2nd November, any proposal involving towage of the hulk elsewhere would be impracticable owing to the grave risk of its foundering. The Admiralty have throughout been in contact with the French Naval Attache whose Government is fully conscious of these difficulties.

Brigadier Head

Is not that rather frank answer in direct conflict with the policy of the Minister of Defence in regard to the secrecy of movement of our major naval vessels?