HC Deb 22 July 1941 vol 373 c766
11. Mr. Hammersley

asked the Secretary of State for War whether comprehensive technical reports on the reliability of such modern tanks as were used in Libya and Greece, have been furnished to the Ministry of Supply?

The Secretary of State for War (Captain Margesson)

The Ministry of Supply is kept fully and continuously informed by the War Office of all technical reports received from theatres of war on the reliability of our tanks. In addition, an officer was sent specially to the Middle East early this year to investigate any technical difficulties being experienced there with armoured fighting vehicles, and spent two months visiting workshops and units. His report has been of great value to both the War Office and the Ministry of Supply.

Mr. Hammersley

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend satisfied that the tanks now being delivered to the Army have a satisfactory mechanical reliability report?

Captain Margesson

It is asking a good deal for me to express satisfaction, but I can say that tanks are improving, and one hopes that this will continue.

Miss Ward

Has any action been taken on the reports?

Captain Margesson

Yes, Sir, and improvements made as a result of them.