§ 87 and 88. Captain Kerby
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (1) why the nine fast patrol boats of the Proud class are being sold to private buyers, in view of the extensive refits which they underwent in 1953:
(2) for what periods the nine fast patrol boats of the Proud class have been in commission since 1945–46.
§ Mr. Allan
Financial stringency has enforced, among other things, a reduction of the Royal Navy's strength in coastal craft, some of which are surplus to requirements and are therefore being 121W sold. This saves money for more essential purposes. I regret that it is not possible in the time available to provide the detailed information for which my hon. Friend has asked.