§ Mr. Pattie
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, pursuant to paragraph 6 of Command Paper Number 7011, he will state which civilian sources will be used to reinforce the United Kingdom amphibious force.
§ Mr. Mulley
It is not normal practice to reveal details of our contingency plans. However, a number of ships in civilian use have been identified as suitable for the reinforcement of the United Kingdom amphibious force. The extent to which any of this civilian support is called upon will depend upon the operational circumstances and the availability of shipping under Ministry of Defence control at the time.