§ Mr. Speed
The planned disbandment of 41 Commando will reduce the number of Royal Marine Commandos by one. We are paying off HMS "Bulwark" six months earlier than planned, which will reduce the number of Her Majesty ships which can be made available in the amphibious role. Despite some loss of flexibility, I am satisfied that the Royal Marines will retain an effective amphibious capability.88W
§ 27. Mr. Brotherton
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he is satisfied that sufficient means of transport are available for the rapid deployment of Her Majesty's Royal Marines.