Oral Answers to Questions — Tanks (Air Conditioning).

– in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Minister of Production whether he has now obtained actual statistics or reports from men engaged in the operations enabling him to state definitely whether our tanks in Egypt are as cool as those used by the Germans?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

No, Sir. I have nothing to add to the answer given on 29th July.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

asked the Minister of Production whether he will give the names of the members of the panel set up to inquire into the possibility of improving the ventilation of tanks either by use of refrigeration or by air conditioning?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

The panel consists of: Mr. S. A. Wood, M.Sc., Senior Scientific Officer in the Ministry of Supply Scientific Research Department; Dr. Dorey, D.Sc., Wh.Ex., Member of the Council of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; Chief Engineer Surveyor, Lloyd's Register; and Dr. E. Griffiths, D.Sc., F.R.S., Principal Scientific Officer in the Physics Department of the National Physical Laboratory. They consult freely with appropriate specialists in other Government Departments and in industry on the various problems of research, development and manufacture which arise in their inquiries.

Photo of Major-General Sir Alfred Knox Major-General Sir Alfred Knox , Wycombe

Has this panel actually begun its sittings?

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Have any of these gentlemen or any of the advisers associated with this body been to the Western Desert to get any actual experience of tanks, and if not will my right hon. Friend as Minister of Production take care to send somebody there?

Photo of Mr Oliver Lyttelton Mr Oliver Lyttelton , Aldershot

These gentlemen will have the benefit of advice and reports from the Western Desert.