HC Deb 19 October 1972 vol 843 c440
21. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of State for Defence when he proposes to proceed with the building of HMS "Newcastle" on the Tyne at Swan Hunters.

Lord Balniel

Prefabrication work is already in hand and it is planned to lay the keel of this vessel within the next few months.

Dame Irene Ward

May I thank my noble Friend for that very satisfactory answer and say how delighted and proud the north of England will be that we are to have a new HMS "Newcastle"? May she sail the seas with the credit that that name always has earned for many years.

Lord Balniel

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for those words. May I reciprocate by assuring her that the Royal Navy is very proud once again to have a ship bearing the name HMS "Newcastle".

Rear-Admiral Morgan-Giles

On a point of order. The Serjeant at Arms is blushing.