§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
The more important ships in the reserve fleet are at notice to get to sea within a week. There is, however, still a number of ships in reserve which could not be made operational so quickly. This includes ships on the sales list. Oar policy, which was announced in February, 1958, is to reduce this margin by degrees. It would not be in the public interest to give the exact degree of readiness of each ship.