HC Deb 15 February 1988 vol 127 c446W
Mr. Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at what date Hong Kong-registered merchant ships were added to the list of those ships covered by the information and notification and accompaniment system applied in the Persian Gulf.

Mr. Ian Stewart

The Armilla patrol has been accompanying merchant ships since early 1987. Hong Kong and dependent territory registered merchant ships have been eligible for protection from the Armilla patrol ever since it was established in 1980.