§ Ms. Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out the key statistics for military naval accidents over the last 10 years.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Our records show that during this period there have been 542 incidents involving groundings or collisions between vessels of the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary or the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service and either other vessels or static installations. A breakdown of this figure into various categories of incident is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost and effort. The great majority of these incidents, however, are very minor, resulting in little or no damage.