§ Commander Kerans
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the cost of the damage to H.M.S. "Puma" on 11th June; what was the cause; and when the ship will now recommission.
§ Mr. Hay
The cost of repairing the damage is expected to be about £40,000. Consideration of the evidence regarding the cause of the fire has not yet been completed, but it appears to have been caused by molten metal from a welding rod igniting waste material. The new completion and recommissioning dates have not yet been fixed.