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Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what restrictions are in place on the use of the term HMS when naming a boat.

Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the unauthorised use of the term HMS.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

In UK Government usage, the term 'Her Majesty's Ship' is reserved to ships, submarines and establishments of the Royal Navy, in commission.

The Ministry of Defence does not regulate the use of names or prefixes for ships or boats not operated by the Department.

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