Ghanaian Frigate

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Worcestershire South 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

asked the Minister of State for Defence what is the outcome of his survey of the ex-Ghanaian frigate lying in the Clyde; and whether he will now make a statement on her disposal.

Photo of Sir Peter Kirk Sir Peter Kirk , Saffron Walden

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.

Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Worcestershire South

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?

Photo of Sir Peter Kirk Sir Peter Kirk , Saffron Walden

I am not certain which Minister is responsible for double beds. Certainly I am not. Since this ship has come into the ownership of Her Majesty's Government we are moving as fast as possible to establish what her condition is.