HC Deb 19 October 1966 vol 734 cc44-5W
47. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what defects have been found in the hull of H.M.S. "Resolution"; and whether this will delay her commissioning date.

Mr. Healey

A small number of welding defects have been discovered during the construction of the hull of H.M.S. "Resolution" as a result of the normal quality control survey of welding. The defects were removed and replaced with sound metal, and the welds were subsequently re-examined to ensure that the completed structure complied with the specifications laid down by the Ministry of Defence. Defects and repairs of this type are not unusual in the building of complicated structures of this kind and will not delay the commissioning date of H.M.S. "Resolution".