HC Deb 04 May 1989 vol 152 cc242-3W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, following the sinking of the Soviet Mike class nuclear submarine on 7 April, he will review the present safety of(a) United Kingdom nuclear-powered submarines and (b) United States nuclear-powered submarines afforded docking rights in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

Measures to ensure the continuing safe design and operation of Royal Navy submarines are kept under constant review. In the light of what is currently known of the circumstances of the loss of the Mike class Soviet submarine on 7 April, the accident would appear to offer no specific lessons with regard to Royal Naval submarine safety. The safety of United States nuclear-powered warships is the responsibility of the United States Government. However, visits to this country by United States nuclear-powered submarines are covered by a written arrangement between the two countries.