asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what steps he proposes to take to increase the operational strength of aircraft carriers in the Royal Navy.
Two fleet carriers will become operational in 1951. One of them will be H.M.S. "Eagle," our newest and most powerful ship in this Class. In addition, there will be a carrier employed in trials and training which would be immediately available in an emergency. The long-term building programme provides for one fleet carrier, H.M.S. "Ark Royal," and four light fleet carriers. The number in commission at any one time will, of course, depend on circumstances.