§ Captain Plugge
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether he can state the number of destroyers which are at present listed for conversion into escort and anti-submarine units; by what date it is anticipated they will be ready for service; and whether arrangements are to be made for them to be manned?
§ Mr. Shakespeare
I regret that it is not in the public interest to give details of this programme, but the hon. and gallant Member can rest assured that the programme, which is already in hand, is being executed as expeditiously as possible and that personnel will be available to man these ships on mobilisation.