§ Mr. Duncan Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make an order for new hospital ships. 
§ Dr. Moonie
[holding answer 13 November 2000]We have no plans to procure hospital ships, which are subject to restrictions under the Geneva Convention that limit their utility. We are continuing, however, to define the requirement for a new Primary Casualty Receiving Capability, to enhance afloat medical support. A number of procurement options are under consideration, and the timing of an order will be determined by the chosen option.