HC Deb 05 December 1939 vol 355 c466W
Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Secretary of State for War whether and how far is training taking place in the use of the automatic; and are supplies available of this weapon to replace, if and as found desirable, the rifle and bayonet as the main weapon of the infantry?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I assume that the right hon. Member is referring to the Bren light machine gun. Training with this weapon is taking place throughout the infantry. It has never been the intention to replace the rifle and bayonet as the weapon of the individual infantry soldier.