§ Mr. Blaker
As we have explained, we aim to achieve the planned rise in the numbers of nuclear submarines—SSN—announced in Cmnd. 8288 by the end of the decade. HMS "Dreadnought" is not included in this figure, since, as our oldest SSN, she is expected to have paid off by then. Her planned work programme and refuelling are still under consideration and I am not yet in a position to make a statement.