§ 61. Mr. Barry Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for placing further orders for ships at VSEL Ltd. (Cammell Laird) Birkenhead; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
It is the Government's policy that orders for warships should be placed following competition. VSEL is invited to tender for all such contracts that it is capable of undertaking. Where vessels are built is for the company to decide.