HC Deb 16 November 1960 vol 630 c39W
54. Mr. Willis

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty to what extent he proposes to replace the existing fleet aircraft carriers.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

Four of our five operational carriers are comparatively new ships and the fifth, the "Victorious", was completely rebuilt a few years ago. They should all, therefore, be capable of playing a full part with the fleet until the 1970s. Nevertheless, we are considering the requirements of the ships which will succeed them.