HC Deb 31 January 1966 vol 723 c163W
Captain Kerby

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is satisfied, as a result of lessons learnt in Borneo, that hovercraft now have a definite place in the fleet of the future; and whether it is proposed to replace the three fast patrol boats now in commission with hovercraft in due course.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

The trials of hovercraft in Borneo finished only last month, and the results have not yet been fully evaluated. The indications are, however, that hovercraft have a useful potential as fast patrol boats, and studies are already being undertaken with industry to determine their suitability and effectiveness in this rôle.