§ 24. Mr. Willis
asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty what steps are being taken to expedite the conversion of H.M.S. "Albion" to the rôle of commando carrier.
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
Special steps were taken to fit H.M.S. "Albion" into the dockyard programme at Portsmouth. She will be completed as soon as possible consistent with incorporating in her the lessons learnt with H.M.S. "Bulwark".
§ Mr. Willis
As recent events have shown the importance of these ships, can the Civil Lord say when this one is likely to be finished?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
They will operate concurrently, one east and one west of Suez. To maintain continuous availability east of Suez, the carrier west of the Canal will be refitting part of the time.