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Royal Yacht "Britannia"

Volume 977: debated on Thursday 31 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will state the cost and purpose of the refit of the Royal Yacht "Britannia";

  • (2) whether the Royal Yacht "Britannia" is being converted to a hospital ship under the current refit; and if he will make a statement;
  • (3) if he will list the expenditure, in major categories, which is involved in the refit of the Royal Yacht "Britannia".
  • asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total cost

    Man-weeksPer cent.
    Dockwork1,14514
    Hull2,15026
    Ship's machinery2,17526
    General services (electricity, water supply, air conditioning etc.)1,00012
    Accommodation and domestic services7008
    Health and safety requirements551
    Radio and radar work982
    Other repair and maintenance etc.4545
    Improvements (including installation of additional firefighting equipment, new navigational aids, new navigation lights) and other equipment5236
    8,300100
    "Britannia" is not being converted to a hospital ship under her current refit; it has always been the case that she is readily available for this role if the need should arise.

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the strategic value to the North Atlantic Organisation fleet of the Royal Yacht "Britannia".

    The Royal Yacht "Britannia" is not declared to NATO. In an emergency she would be available as a hospital ship.

    asked the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received for the use of "Britannia" by pensioners or people needing recuperation from industrial injury once the current refit is complete.