HC Deb 06 July 1960 vol 626 c431
15. Mr. Wall

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether he will make a statement about the experience so far gained with H.M.S. "Bulwark" since her employment as a commando carrier.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

Although it is early days, since H.M.S. "Bulwark" has been in commission as a commando carrier for only three months, first reports are promising. Trials show that she can successfully fill her primary rôle and that in an emergency she could transport a second commando of about 600 men. We have also had very good reports on the air-conditioning system and the excellent effect it has on the overall efficiency.

Mr. Wall

As the trials have proved a success, can my hon. Friend say when it is likely that a second commando carrier will be provided?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

H.M.S. "Albion" has been selected for this and preliminary work has already been authorised.