§ Mr. Kidney
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the performance of Challenger 2 tanks in the desert conditions of southern Iraq in 2003. 
§ Mr. Ingram
Post operational reporting will provide analysis and an assessment of the performance of equipment deployed on operations in Iraq. It would, therefore, be premature for me to provide a detailed assessment. Early indications are, however, that the Challenger 2 tanks performed very well.