§ Mr. Hancock
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the numbers of ships under the United Kingdom flag which are available to the Royal Navy for use in emergencies; and how many there have been in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Stanley
The number of United Kingdom registered mechant ships available in each of the years 1980–84 in the principal categories required for defence purposes are set out on page 30 of Vol. 1 of the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1985" (Cmnd. 9430).