HC Deb 26 February 1985 vol 74 c119W
69. Sir John Farr

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he is satisfied that the flow of orders for new vessels by British shipowners remains adequate to meet possible future Ministry of Defence requirements in a time of emergency.

Mr. David Mitchell

I am confident that the merchant fleet is capable of meeting existing defence needs. Its future potential in this area is the subject of the joint review now being undertaken by my Department and the Ministry of Defence.