§ Mr. Streeter
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the West Indies Guard ship is currently situated. 
§ Mr. Spellar
[holding answer 18 January 2001]: The Atlantic Patrol Task (North) duty ship HMS Sheffield (formerly known as West Indies Guard ship), is scheduled to deploy for the Caribbean in early February. She is currently alongside in Portsmouth on 14 days' notice for operations within the Caribbean area of responsibility.