HC Deb 26 March 1969 vol 780 cc301-2W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals he has to use boom defence vessels for marine science research.

Dr. David Owen

It has been the policy for some time to meet requests from other Government Departments, Scientific bodies and commercial interests for the hire of boom defence vessels whenever pressure of Ministry of Defence (Navy) work permits. These arrangements will continue.