HC Deb 07 March 1951 vol 485 cc414-5
12. Commander Noble

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what ships of the Reserve Fleet will be brought forward to active service during 1951.

Mr. Callaghan

It is planned to bring forward 60 ships from reserve for service with the active Fleet in 1951: two destroyers: two frigates; three submarines; eight ocean and 22 other minesweepers; two fast minelayers and 21 smaller craft. In addition, one light fleet carrier, one destroyer, one landing ship (headquarters) and three A/S frigates will be brought forward for trials and training.

Sir R. Ross

Would it not be better to complete some of the new ships which have been uncompleted for so long rather than bring old ships back?

Mr. Speaker

That does not arise out of this Question.

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