To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British warships have made a visit to South Korea in each of the past five years. 
The number of Royal Navy ship visits to South Korea in each of the past five years is detailed below. For completeness visits by Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels are also included. HMS Nottingham had been programmed to visit South Korea towards the end of September 2002 but the visit was subsequently cancelled following her grounding off the east coast of Australia in July 2002.No visits have been undertaken so far during 2003.
I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 29 January 2003, Official Report, column 858W to my hon. Friend the Member for Blaenau Gwent (Llew Smith).