HC Deb 19 May 1958 vol 588 c61W
Captain Kerby

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty (1) the cost of converting the Fairmile type motor launches for use as inshore minesweepers; and how many were converted;

(2) to what extent the Fairmile type minesweeping motor launches are to be retained in reserve, in view of their omission from the Explanatory Statement to this year's Navy Estimates.

Mr. R. Allan

Fifteen Fairmile type motor launches were converted for use

1956 1957
Completed Disposed of Completed Disposed of
Battleships Nil Nil Nil 4
Aircraft carriers Nil 3 Nil 1
Cruisers Nil 3* Nil Nil
Destroyers Nil 6 Nil 4
Frigates 6 33 11 19
Ocean (or fleet) minesweepers Nil 4 Nil 10
Motor, gun or torpedo boats† Nil 13 Nil 5
* Includes the cruiser "Royalist" on loan to the Royal New Zealand Navy.
† In addition 4 fast patrol boats were completed in 1956 and 8 in 1957.