§ Dr. Godman
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if all Royal Naval vessels are free of asbestos in(a) cabins, (b) engine rooms and (c) elsewhere; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Kilfoyle
Royal Naval vessels do contain asbestos, but in all cases there is suitable protection to safeguard the personnel on board. my Department is pursuing a comprehensive programme to eliminate asbestos wherever practicable and soon as possible.