§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons Rear Admiral Jeremy Black has been flown to the United Kingdom during HMS Invincible's good will tour of the far east.
§ Mr. Stanley
It is usual for a task group commander to return temporarily to the United Kingdom at around the mid-point of a deployment such as the present one; the docking of HMS Invincible in Singapore for repairs provided a suitable opportunity for Rear Admiral Black to do so. As well as commanding this task group, Admiral Black is Flag Officer First Flotilla and as such has a number of other duties in the United Kingdom.