asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty when arrangements for the sale of the aircraft-carrier H.M.S. "Venerable" to the Dutch Government were arranged; and if it is still intended to transfer this ship.
His Majesty's Government are aware of the desire of the Netherlands Government to acquire a light fleet carrier. But, although H.M.S. "Venerable" would be suitable for their requirements, no sale has been arranged. The second half of the Question, therefore, does not arise.