asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement concerning the purchase of HMS "Speedy" from the United States of America; in what circumstances the United States Government could prevent the supply of spare parts; and what arrangements have been made for the production of a British alternative.
The Boeing Jetfoil HMS "Speedy" was purchased by the Royal Navy to evaluate the performance of this type of craft in a number of roles, including offshore protection. Trials are continuing. In the light of our close co-operation with the United States I foresee no problems arising over the supply of spares. Future requirements for such craft and related procurement arrangements have yet to be determined.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to equip HMS "Speedy" with nuclear weapons of any description.
It has been the policy of successive Governments not to disclose details of nuclear armament. I do not intend to depart from this practice.
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the estimated annual operating cost of HMS "Speedy".