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SIZE OF THE FLEET IN TRAFALGAR BICENTENARY YEAR

EDM (Early Day Motion) 398A1: tabled on 28 June 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 3 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Michael Ancram on 23 June 2005. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

leave out from `blue' to end and add `and notes that at Trafalgar the defeated combined fleet of France and Spain comprised 33 ships of the line compared to Nelson's British fleet of 27 ships, demonstrating that then as now the quality of leadership, personnel training and vessels of the Royal Navy is second to none and that these qualities are more important to victory than mere numbers.'.

Original motion text

That this House congratulates the Trafalgar 200 team at the Ministry of Defence for organising the international fleet review in the Solent on 28th June, the first fleet review since the Silver Jubilee of 1977; notes with surprise the decision to rebrand the competing fleets in the re-enacted battle as Red and Blue; regrets the Government's decision to inflict cuts in the number of frontline British warships to below the total in the modern French Navy; and calls for the effects of the cannabalisation of existing Royal Navy vessels identified in the National Audit Office Report on Military Readiness to be rectified as a matter of urgency in view of the UK's worldwide commitments in the 21st century.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.