HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 cc1967-8
52. Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is satisfied that tank production capacity in this country is adequate to meet the need and that the types of tanks are such that will enable our men in the field to meet the enemy on the basis of at least equality of equipment?

Sir A. Duncan

As stated by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Production in reply to the hon. Member for Wallsend (Miss Ward) oh 7th October, the tank production programme for this country has been formulated as part of a combined programme with the United States of America. This programme is planned to secure a supply of tanks of the most suitable types, sufficient in numbers and quality.

Captain Poole

Is due regard paid to the supply of spares for tanks, particularly in regard to American and Canadian contracts?

Sir A. Duncan

Very special attention is given to that.

Mr. Lipson

Is my right hon. Friend's plan working out satisfactorily?

Sir A. Duncan

Yes, Sir.