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HMS “Caroline”

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their plans for HMS “Caroline”, the Royal Naval Reserve light cruiser berthed in Belfast. [HL4772]

We are exploring with the National Museum of the Royal Navy whether it would be willing to assume responsibility for the ship, not as a commissioned warship but as a historically important example of naval power from World War I. This decision is dependent on the provision of National Lottery funding for the Royal Navy National Museum and is also determined by timescales set by the Belfast City Council. At this stage it would be premature to announce any decision. However, we should have a clearer idea about its plans in December 2009.