HC Deb 22 June 1982 vol 26 c71W
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, in the light of the vulnerability of large warships, Her Majesty's Government will consider the increased use of fast patrol boats, such as those possessed by most NATO countries.

Mr. Pattie

The primary role of the Royal Navy's force in carriers, destroyers and frigates is the conduct of extended operations in the deep waters of the North Atlantic, with particular reference to anti-submarine warfare. The qualities of the fast patrol boats make them unsuited for this particular task and environment.