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State for Scotland, but all the points that she has put forward will be taken into account and considered carefully.

In summary, I emphasise that we recognise and pay tribute to the vital role that Rosyth naval base has performed in support of the fleet. It has adapted to change, as its current transition to a minor war vessels base shows. There is a lot to admire at Rosyth, not least its dedicated and skilled work force.

At the same time, I do not apologise to the House or to the country for including Rosyth within the ambit of the defence costs study. In today's circumstances, it is our duty to explore all possibilities for securing greater value for money in delivering our operational capability.

As I emphasised, the decisions will be made by Ministers and will come only after the fullest consideration of all the factors involved. Whatever the outcome of our studies in connection with Rosyth naval base, the hon. Lady can be assured that our decisions will be based solidly on what makes the best operational and financial sense and that

The motion having been made after half-past Two o'clock and the debate having continued for half an hour, Mr. Deputy Speaker-- adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order.

Adjourned at sixteen minutes past Three o'clock.

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