HC Deb 21 December 1944 vol 406 cc1947-8
69. Mr. Hammersley

asked the Minister of Supply whether every priority is being given to the manufacture of a British heavy tank.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Mr. John Wilmot)

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Hammersley

Does that reply mean that the Government now recognise the importance of, and necessity for, a heavily armoured tank?

Mr. Wilmot

I do not think it would be in the public interest to give details of tanks, which are given priority.

Mr. Hammersley

My supplementary question was not in relation to any details. I asked whether the Government now recognise the need and necessity for a heavily armoured tank?

Mr. Wilmot

I think the hon. Member will find the answer in the reply to his main Question.

Mr. Shinwell

While not expecting the Government to furnish any details which might afford any comfort to the enemy, or in any way infringe the need for security, have they taken notice of the fact that the Germans, in their latest push, have been using tanks of very heavy calibre, much heavier than those at our disposal? Are the Government giving that matter their very careful consideration?

Mr. Wilmot

I do not think it will be wise to add to the answer I have given.

Mr. Stokes

Can my hon. Friend assure the House, without giving away any definite information, whether any tank now proposed is better than anything which the enemy have?

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