HC Deb 11 December 1963 vol 686 cc391-2
23. Mr. Wall

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty when the first of the Polaris submarines will be laid down, and when she is expected to be launched.

Mr. Hay

Work on the first Polaris submarine has made a good start and construction is going according to plan. The submarine is expected to be laid down early next year. It is not the practice to give notice well in advance of the dates of launching warships being built for the Royal Navy.

Mr. Wall

The time taken to construct "Valiant" was a considerable improvement on the time taken to construct "Dreadnought". Will my hon. Friend see that this improvement is continued in the building of the new Polaris submarines?

Mr. Hay

I hope that we can give that assurance, although Polaris boats are rather more complex than hunter-killers.

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