§ 75. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the recent weekly expenditure on the aircraft carrier and its aircraft that are to operate in South Arabian waters.
§ Mr. Healey
The average weekly cost of operating an aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy and its aircraft throughout the world is estimated at about £150,000. 249W This includes costs of refits and maintenance.
§ Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will now reconsider his policy of refusal to replace aircraft carriers on the grounds that they have little use in modern conditions, in view of recent events in the Middle East.