§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
The Type 82 destroyer has been designed as a successor to the County Class. She will be a dual-purpose ship, armed with the new surface-to-air missile system, Seadart, and with the latest anti-submarine attack weapon, Ikara. The primary rôle of the ship, which will also have the new three-dimensional radar and other advanced equipment, will be to defend a surface force against air and submarine attack.
§ Mr. Wall
As this class of destroyer was designed to operate with aircraft 687 carriers, and as we are no longer to have aircraft carriers, is there a continuing reason for these destroyers? Is it not a case that the Government are to spend £120 million on building these destroyers, for which sum we could have built one and possibly two aircraft carriers?