HC Deb 02 March 1966 vol 725 c296W
72. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement about the future for dock yard apprentices now that there are to be no new carriers and the Fleet Air Arm is to be run down.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

To keep the present carriers running into the 1970s, and to maintain the more complicated ships and equipment of the new Navy, we will need large numbers of skilled men in the dockyards for as far ahead as we can see.