Is it true that many German tanks are provided with this apparatus and that it has been found very effective, and can my right hon. Friend say whether the question of providing such apparatus for our tanks is now being considered?
There is no evidence that enemy tanks have been fitted with air-conditioning or cooling apparatus. An examination of captured enemy tanks does not show that their ventilation arrangements are in any way superior to ours. Tanks to existing designs cannot be fitted with air conditioning apparatus without extensive redesign, which would cause an interference with production.
Is it not a great drawback that these questions affecting the health and comfort of those who are to operate the tanks were not properly considered at the outset by the engineers?