HC Deb 24 May 1977 vol 932 c1177
17. Mr. Brotherton

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects HMS "Bulwark" to be recommissioned.

Mr. Duffy

I have nothing to add to my reply of 27th April 1976 to the hon. Member for Haltemprice (Mr. Wall).

Mr. Brotherton

Is the Minister aware that that reply will be received with regret? Will he say how the Government propose to transport the Royal Marines in future bearing in mind that there is no "Bulwark" and no "Albion", and that the "Hermes" is engaged on antisubmarine duties? Do the Government intend to use British Rail ferries?

Mr. Duffy

The arrangements for amphibious movement are satisfactory.