Is my right hon. Friend aware that many people feel that not only the future of the Royal Navy but that of the Merchant Navy is bound up in the question of nuclear propulsion? Can my right hon. Friend assure the House that this development is receiving highest priority and that we are not falling behind the United States, as would appear from newspaper reports?
I assure my hon. and gallant Friend that we are pushing on with this as a question of highest priority. Of course, the United States had a three-year start on these matters, but we are making up time as best we can.