Following a National Audit Office report on the cannibalisation of Royal Navy ships, Liberal Democrat Defence spokesperson Ming Campbell demanded assurances that this would not put Britain's nuclear deterrent at risk.
Ming Campbell said:
"That the cannibalisation of ships and submarines has increased by half in the last five years is alarming.
"The defence budget is coming apart at the seams with even the future of the Royal Navy at stake and necessary naval vessels such as HMS Bulwark reportedly being offered for sale.
"We need to be assured that cannibalisation is not undermining the effectiveness and credibility of the nuclear deterrent."