§ 18. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence when it is intended that H.M.S. "Kent" will be taken in hand for boiler repairs.
§ Dr. David Owen
As a result of the decision which we have now taken not to convert H.M. Ships "Kent" and "London" to carry Sea Slug II, the former will be given a long refit starting towards the end of 1969, in the course of which these repairs will be undertaken.
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
As the ship's boilers have been completely out of action for three months already, is the delay, to which the Minister referred, due to financial considerations affecting this financial year, or due to shortage of dockyard capacity?
§ Mr. Cronin
Is my hon. Friend aware that I spent three days in H.M.S. "Kent", when she was taking a most vigorous and effective part in a N.A.T.O. exercise, so that the defect in the boilers can hardly be of real importance, and that, therefore, the delay is not of real consequence?