Merchant Shipping

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:43 pm on 30th March 1983.

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Photo of Mr Clinton Davis Mr Clinton Davis , Hackney Central 9:43 pm, 30th March 1983

We know precisely what the Ministry of Defence has said, and what it must necessarily say. But what evidence does it have for saying so, in the light of the submissions from the unions about the inadequacies that occurred during the Falklands crisis—not only in the availability of shipping but in the training that took place between the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy to deal with everyday tasks that had to be fulfilled?