§ Captain Kerby
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on design work for a new type of minesweeper/hunter initiated some two years ago; and when it will be possible to tender for the first of these ships, in 164W in view of the limited hull life of the existing force of coastal minesweeper/hunters.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
Our studies are continuing. We have no plans to order any of these ships in the immediate future as our present coastal minesweepers/minehunters will meet our needs for some years to come.