Now that arrangements to transfer ownership of the ship to Her Majesty's Government have been completed, she has been towed from the Clyde to Her Majesty's Dockyard, Portsmouth, for a survey to establish her state and value. A decision on her future will be taken when the results of the survey are available in a few months' time.
Does my hon. Friend realise that it is now five years since I began asking Questions about this ship—this gin-palace, as it has been called—provided by British funds at the same time as the Ghanaian double bed for Nkrumah? Could we not have an expeditious settlement of this matter to prevent British funds being tied up unnecessarily in this vessel?