Oral Answers to Questions — Tanks (Air Conditioning).

– in the House of Commons on 8th July 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Crowder Sir John Crowder , Finchley

asked the Minister of Production whether our tanks are provided with any apparatus for air conditioning?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

No, Sir, but we have made great improvements in ventilation.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

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?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

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.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Has a request been made by the men who have to use these tanks for such air conditioning, and has it been refused?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

I have no knowledge of that.

Photo of Sir Francis Fremantle Sir Francis Fremantle , St Albans

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?