HC Deb 07 November 1968 vol 772 c162W
Mr. Gordon Campbell

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, on the basis of the results of the qualified technical survey showing that the Brunei ship, the s.s. "Great Britain", now lying at Sparrow Cove in the Falkland Islands, can be moved, he will give an undertaking that Her Majesty's Government will consider ways and means of giving assistance, in view of the importance of the ship as the first ocean-going propeller-driven vessel and a crucial British contribution to the development of naval architecture.

Dr. David Owen

Subject to public money accountability and operational requirements we have agreed to help this venture in any way we can. This help will certainly include some assistance from units in the Falkland Islands and we are at present investigating whether we can assist a marine architect to make the trip to the Falkland Islands in order to conduct a survey on the spot.