HC Deb 10 May 1989 vol 152 c473W
Ms. Gordon

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there is any military function performed by courtesy calls by naval vessels to the port of London.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

So far as Royal Navy vessels are concerned, such visits are arranged to foster good relations between the Royal Navy and the civil community. Foreign warship visits to the Pool of London are tangible expressions of mutual goodwill between the United Kingdom and the Governments concerned.