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Surplus Ships (Sale)

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1950

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the gravity of the international situation, he will give an assurance that no destroyers and no more frigates will be sold to any foreign country outside the Atlantic Treaty Powers.

As was made clear by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on 20th November, the sale of surplus ships of the Royal Navy to foreign countries is always subject to the prior needs of other Commonwealth countries or of North Atlantic Treaty Powers.