HC Deb 15 November 1955 vol 546 c196
38. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for War what use is now being made of plastic wings, etc., on Army vehicles; and to what extent experiments are being carried out, both for reasons of metal saving and because of their ability to stand up to very rough usage without apparent damage.

Mr. Head

Plastic wings, bodies, etc., are not at present being used on Army vehicles but the Ministry of Supply is investigating their suitability and has placed orders for trials.

Sir J. Lucas

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that at the British Trade Fair in Copenhagen a plastic car bonnet was shown, that everyone was invited to hit it as hard as possible with a hammer and that no one could dent it or knock any colour off it?

Mr. Head

The Army has yet to make trials, and they are very considerable tests.