§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent an assessment was made of the similarity of the radar echo of "Atlantic Conveyor" to that of Her Majesty's ships "Hermes" and "Invincible"; and whether "Atlantic Conveyor" was deployed in order to increase the safety of the carriers by increasing the number of major targets perceived by the Argentine air force.
§ Mr. Blaker
No such assessment is known to have been made. The "Atlantic Conveyor" was one of a number of large vessels supporting the task force and was in no way treated as unique. The answer to the second part of the hon. Member's question is "No".