HC Deb 25 November 1959 vol 614 cc363-4
38. Mr. Strachey

asked the Secretary of State for War how, and to whom, he will make known the Army's requirements for radar and electronic equipment; how these requirements will be co-ordinated with those of the other Services; and how they will be met.

Mr. Soames

The arrangements will be as in the past except that the Ministry of Aviation will take the place of the Ministry of Supply.

Mr. Strachey

This means that nothing has been done, so far as we can see, in these rearrangements except to make the Service equipment even more cumbrous than it was before. As far as we can see, this means that the matter must now go through the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Aviation and that there will be two intermediaries between the War Office. How the other Services will co-ordinate their demands for radar I simply do not know.

Mr. Soames

The situation with regard to radar and electronic equipment is exactly as it was before vis-à-vis the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Aviation, except that it is the Ministry of Aviation instead of the Ministry of Supply.