HC Deb 11 May 1962 vol 659 cc77-8W
Mr. Burden

asked the Minister of Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the troopship fleet.

Mr. Watkinson

Yes. I have now decided that there is no need on strategic grounds to retain the two remaining troopships. Discussions are being opened with the owners about the possibility of terminating prematurely the charters of these ships.