HC Deb 26 January 1998 vol 305 cc36-7W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what export licences(a) currently apply to HMS Cavalier and (b) have been applied for; [24416]

(2) what valuation has been placed on HMS Cavalier. [24415]

Mr. Fisher

If HMS Cavalier were to be exported from the UK it would first require an export licence from the Department of Trade and Industry. Depending on its value, it might also need one from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It is not yet clear whether the vessel requires an export licence from my Department since there is no firm value for the ship. Whether or not licences have been applied for is commercially confidential information. If it is decided that a licence from my Department is required, HMS Cavalier will be subject to the normal considerations as to whether one should be granted or the decision deferred.