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Patrol Boats

Volume 644: debated on Wednesday 12 July 1961

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asked the Minister of Defence what royalties have been, or will be, paid to Her Majesty's Government by the Government of the Federal German Republic for their use of plans and research data, compiled by the Admiralty originally for the construction of Her Majesty's warships, in the building of patrol boats of the "Brave" class in a British shipyard.

When British shipbuilders construct for a foreign Government a ship which incorporates features of Admiralty design, no design fee is paid direct to the Admiralty by the foreign Government; the shipbuilder negotiates a fee with the Admiralty and pays it himself. This happened in the case which my hon. Friend mentions.

asked the Minister of Defence if he is satisfied that the building of fast patrol boats of the "Brave" class for foreign powers will in no way prejudice any matters of security concerning the two vessels of the class now in service with the Royal Navy and if he will make a statement.

The construction of these patrol boats for other Governments is authorised only after the security aspects of each case have been fully considered.