HC Deb 14 January 1997 vol 288 c223W
20. Mr. Luff

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what tasks are performed by the West Indies guard ship and its accompanying Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel; and if he will make a statement. [8990]

Mr. Soames

The West Indies guard ship and her accompanying Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker provide support to our dependent territories and other UK interests in the region. They carry out a broad range of tasks, including disaster relief, support for international operations, goodwill visits, and training for Caribbean forces. They also make a significant contribution to the international fight against drug trafficking.