§ 10. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what improvements he is making in plans for the future defence of British merchant shipping; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Dr. David Owen
Measures for merchant ship protection are under constant review and the situation is discussed regularly with shipowners in the Shipping Defence Advisory Committee.
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
Does the Minister appreciate the tremendous concern among ship-owners and service planners on the extent of this problem? Will he consider, as a constructive suggestion, that selected merchant ships should be gradually fitted with platforms from which helicopters can operate in emergency?
§ Mr. Hector Hughes
In view of recent Press reports of foreign ships in and about the North Sea what are the Government doing to increase the strength of the protection squadron there?