A.A. Gunnery Equipment

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking 12:00 am, 24th January 1951

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty what steps are being taken to standardise anti-aircraft gunnery equipment between the United States Navy and our own.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East

There is a full exchange of information on anti-aircraft gunnery equipment between the Royal Navy and the United States Navy, and all possible steps are being taken to standardise new equipment.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that certain classes of modern British destroyers, such as the Battle class, are fitted with U.S.A. gunnery equipment? The position is, therefore, that proper standardisation—[HON. MEMBERS:"Speech."] Will the hon. Gentleman tell us what steps are being taken to avoid any difficulties, because—

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

This is going beyond the limits of a supplementary question. I wish supplementaries could he shorter.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

Would the Parliamentary Secretary tell us whether any steps are being taken in connection with American gunnery equipment now fitted in our ships? [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer."] I beg to give notice that I shall raise this matter on the Adjournment at the earliest possible opportunity.