§ 23. Commander Kerans
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether he will make a statement about the completion, this year, of H.M.S. "Lion".
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
H.M.S. "Lion" will be commissioned on 20th July, 1960, and accepted from the shipbuilder on 22nd July. She will be the second of the Tiger Class cruisers to be accepted into service. These ships, with their automatically controlled armament and other up-to-date equipment, long endurance and extra command facilities will be a most valuable addition to the strength of the Navy.
§ Commander Kerans
While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he can say when the third Tiger Class cruiser is due?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
I cannot. I think that it would be wrong at this stage to give a firm date. If my hon. and gallant Friend puts down a Question in due course, I shall be happy to try to answer it.