§ MR. FELL (Great Yarmouth)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he is in a position to give the reason for not replacing the destroyer recently lost at Malta; what is the amount of damage sustained by the destroyer recently towed to Malta; and how long the necessary repairs will occupy.
§ MR. LAMBERT
As regards the first Question, I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member's previous Question on the 24th July.† The "Mallard" sustained damage to the port shaft bracket, shaft, stern tubes and propellers, and to frames and plating in the after part of the vessel. I have already stated that these and other repairs will take three months.