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Royal Yacht "Britannia"

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the estimated cost of converting the Royal Yacht "Britannia" into a fully equipped hospital ship.

It is estimated that to adapt and equip "Britannia" in an emergency to act as a hospital ship carrier for casualties would cost about £300,000 including £240,000 for equipment.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether the refit of the Royal Yacht "Britannia" is causing any holdup in any other work; and whether any facilities, such as plating or machining, are being used for "Britannia" when they were found to be available for other Royal Navy ships.

The refit is not holding up work on other ships currently in Portsmouth dockyard's programme.