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Tanks (Purchase)

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce a decision on the future purchase of tanks for the British Army; and if he will make a statement.

I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bridlington (Mr. Townend) on 12 January, at column 200.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has carried out any tests upon the Challenger II tank for use by the British Army; and if he will make a statement.

No. A Mk 2 Challenger does not presently exist in fully developed form.