Just got this in my inbox from Number 10. Negotiations are continuing to find an alternative berth for HMS Plymouth, different from the secure berth in Birkenhead where she currently resides. Every effort is being made to find a new future for the ship in her home port as a memorial to the Falklands Conflict. The Government has established a new independent Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships (ACNHS) to advise it on policy and funding priorities for historic ships, and to co-ordinate work within the sector to assist those directly engaged in preservation. HMS Plymouth is part of a collection of vessels assembled by the Warship Preservation Trust, and is currently owned by default by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC) following the demise of the Trust in 2006. MDHC has been assiduous in working with the ACNHS, and others including a former trustee of the Warship Trust and ABP Ports, to find a sustainable solution for this ship. The Government continues to monitor developments and welcomes the efforts being made to secure HMS Plymouth's future. But it is not Government policy to provide direct financial support for the preservation of historic ships, other than through the provision of grant-in-aid to sponsored museums which hold vessels of historic significance in their collections.