§ 125. Mr. Watkinson
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what steps are being taken to modify convoy escort vessels to meet the new conditions of underwater attack.
§ Mr. Callaghan
In accordance with the Navy Estimates, six Fleet destroyers are being taken in hand for conversion to fast anti-submarine frigates during the present year. In addition, a number of existing frigates are fitted with modern anti-submarine equipment. This programme of modernisation and conversion will be speeded up following on the announcement made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence today.