§ 57. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty the policy of Her Majesty's Government about escort vessels not of the latest and most effective classes.
§ Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing
The Royal Navy is retaining those ships of war-time construction which have been modernised. No ship is discarded while she remains capable of useful service. At the same time, the main effort is devoted to new construction and to keeping up-to-date ships of post-war construction.
§ Mr. Mallalieu
While appreciating that it is necessary to have the latest vessels, may I ask if the hon. Gentleman can assure the House that the experience with the American escort vessels in the early 'forties will not be forgotten, and that no vessel capable of being used for escort purposes will be scrapped?
§ Mr. Orr-Ewing
I can confirm that no vessel will be discarded while she still has a useful life and part to play.