HC Deb 22 June 1966 vol 730 c558
14. Captain W. Elliot

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what types of ships in the Royal Navy are equipped to carry and operate aircraft.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

Aircraft carriers, commando ships, assault ships, guided missile destroyers, Leander and Tribal Class frigates, the ice patrol ship, some surveying vessels and some Royal Fleet Auxiliaries.

Captain Elliot

Will the Minister give an assurance that he will not limit these ships in the Royal Navy which can carry aircraft to only one type of aircraft?

Mr. Mallalieu

I hope not.

Mr. Atkins

Does not the Minister's Answer really refer to helicopters rather than to aeroplanes? Will he give the House an assurance that his Department is studying the possibilities of V.T.O.L. aeroplanes being carried in our ships in the future?

Mr. Mallalieu

That is one of the options which we are looking at urgently.