HC Deb 21 April 1982 vol 22 c111W
Mr. Hoyle

asked the Secretary of State for Defence why the "Uganda", while it is part of the Falklands expeditionary force does not have an all British crew; why the necessary conversions to the structure of the "Uganda" to make this possible were not carried out; and what will be the position of the Indian nationals on the "Uganda" if hostilities break out.

Mr. Blaker

The P & O Liner "Uganda" has been requisitioned solely as a hospital ship and has formally been declared as such. She thus enjoys protected status under the Geneva conventions and none of her crew may be captured. A large proportion of the regular crew of the "Uganda" is Asian and this will continue to be the case while she is operating as a hospital ship. All members of her crew are volunteers for this role. No conversion was necessary to the crew accommodation on board the ship.