HC Deb 09 February 1998 vol 306 c67W
17. Mr. Bill O'Brien

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the latest defence estimates in respect of British merchant shipping for defence purposes. [26111]

Mr. Spellar

Current defence estimates on the availability of British merchant shipping indicate that there are, in general, sufficient militarily useful vessels for perceived defence needs. The position will, of course, be reassessed following the outcome of the Strategic Defence Review.

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