HC Deb 02 February 1966 vol 723 c1068
15. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to build an ice-breaker for the Royal Navy; and whether he will make a statement.

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

I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Arundel and Shoreham (Captain Kerby) on 31st January.

Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles

Can the House assume from that reply that the Government have no further interest in arctic patrols or our position down there?

Mr. Mallalieu

We have great interest in the position down there.