HC Deb 05 April 1965 vol 710 cc10-1
7. Mr. Burden

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for laying down further "Oberon" class submarines at Chatham Dockyard.

The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Navy (Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu)

None for the Royal Navy at present.

Mr. Burden

Would the hon. Gentleman give very serious consideration to the question of keeping continuity, until the new arrangements are made at Chatham, by the construction of further Oberons? Are any negotiations going on at present between the Admiralty and members of the Commonwealth for Oberon submarines at Chatham?

Mr. Mallalieu

We are not responsible for ordering by Commonwealth and other countries, but there is work going on, as the hon. Member knows, which will continue for another three years.