§ 48. Mr. Horabin
asked the Minister of Production whether it is the established practice of all departments associated with production that development work on mechanical equipment must be a continuous process and that until a machine has been built and tried out it should not be put into production?
§ Mr. Lyttelton
Yes, Sir, whenever practicable; but my hon. Friend will appreciate that operational and other war-time exigencies sometimes make necessary a departure from the established practice referred to.
§ Mr. Horabin
In cases where development and production have been elided has this practice not led to undue delay in the production of satisfactory equipment?
§ Mr. Stokes
Is it not a fact that two years ago a stop was put to the development of tanks and aeroplanes and that that is one of the reasons why we fell behind in aeroplanes and never got a satisfactory tank?