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HMS Albion

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons it is proposed to reduce HMS Albion to a state of extended readiness; and when he expects to announce a decision on the reduction. (138526)

[holding answer 21 May 2007]: It is not MOD policy to publish details of the readiness states of individual Royal Navy vessels or types (we have made exceptions for the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible and those ships entering refit, as detailed in my letter of 6 March 2007); nor would we be prepared to divulge the readiness profile of the fleet as a whole, or comment on individual changes. Such information could enable deductions to be made about the condition and preparedness of units and of the Navy, and would therefore be prejudicial to the safety of individual units and to national security.