HC Deb 21 October 1971 vol 823 c178W
43. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will now make a statement concerning the former Ghanaian frigate constructed especially for ex-President Nkrumah, which has been lying in the Clyde awaiting disposal and is now written off by Her Majesty's Government as a Ghanaian liability; what reconstruction of such vessel has occurred at his instigation; and whether he has now found a buyer or whether the Royal Navy is to take over the frigate.

Mr. Kershaw

Her Majesty's Government have agreed to release the Ghana Government from their obligation in respect of the outstanding balance of the purchase price of the frigate, and arrangements are being made to give effect to this agreement and to transfer ownership of the vessel to Her Majesty's Government Parliamentary authority will be sought in due course. No reconstruction has been undertaken, and we are considering with my right hon, and noble Friend, the Secretary of State for Defence, what the future of the vessel should be.