Merchant Shipping

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th April 2016.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 April (HL7565), whether, in the event of chartering suitable merchant ships from the commercial market, those ships would be manned by British merchant seamen as was the case in the Falklands conflict in 1982.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The requirement to charter 'shipping to be taken up from trade' can vary widely depending on the circumstances faced; it is therefore not possible to provide exact manning details until the specific requirements are known.

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