§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report (a) the number of ships in the Argentine Navy by class of ship, (b) the number on order in domestic and foreign yards, and (c) a direct comparison of these figures in (a) and (b) with the numbers planned for the Royal Navy in two years time.
§ Mr. Blaker
The following table lists the available information on major ships in the Argentine Navy both in service and under construction. The current strength of the Royal Navy is given for comparison. It is not the practice to give precise details of the future strength of the fleet, but it can be said that there will be no substantial change by the date mentioned.