§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his policy concerning the future of the royal yacht Britannia. 
§ Mr. Soames
As announced on 23 June 1994,Official Report, column 248, HMY Britannia is to be decommissioned in 1997. We are currently examining various options for her future use after she has been withdrawn from service. We hope to find a way of enabling her to continue to serve a useful purpose for the nation, even though she will no longer go to sea. Her Majesty the Queen's views will be sought before any decision is taken on this matter.