HC Deb 10 March 1952 vol 497 c1000
27. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Supply what steps he proposes to take to reduce the price of the Centurion tank.

Mr. Sandys

I shall be glad to consider any suggestions by the hon. Member.

Mr. Hughes

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Cromwell tank cost £10,000 in 1945 and that in 1950 the cost of the Centurion tank was £35,000 and that it has now risen to £38,000—enough to build 20 houses? Is he just awaiting suggestions from me before he does some-think about it?

Mr. Sandys

The weight and complexity of a tank, and the cost of living as a whole, have increased during that time.

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