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Yachts

Volume 895: debated on Thursday 17 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the total expenditure on new and secondhand yachts for 1974 and 1975, to the most recent practicable date, by the Armed Services.

From 1st April 1974 to date some £653,000 has been spent on the purchase of new and secondhand yachts, to be used for training purposes.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many Service men are employed as boat keepers on yachts and small craft in the Armed Services.

Nine Service men are employed full time on boatkeeping tasks—i.e., day-to-day repair and maintenance of yachts and other sailing craft at their parent establishments. Other Service men do occasional or part-time work of this nature.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many small craft and yachts are owned by the Armed Services and not registered with Lloyd's;(2) what is the annual cost of maintaining the sail training craft of the Armed Services;(3) what has been the total expenditure in 1974 and in 1975, to the most recent practicable date, on refitting yachts in the Armed Forces.

The information is not readily available, but I shall write to my hon. Friend.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give the number of yachts belonging to the Armed Services which are registered with Lloyd's.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the strategic use of the yachts and smal craft owned by the Armed Services.