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Written Answers

Volume 155: debated on Friday 16 June 1922

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Aircraft (Safety-Fuel Tanks)

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he has received complaints about the safety-fuel tank competition recently held at Farnborough; that tanks were selected for the final test, though they failed to pass the preliminary test for crashing: that tanks which crashed without bursting in the preliminary test were not allowed to enter the final; that only 8 out of 24 competitors were allowed to make weight and other modifications; that the tanks awarded the first three prizes failed in all tests in the final; and will he inquire into the matter?

The reply to the first question is that no complaints of the nature indicated have been received; to the second, in the negative; to the third, that a number of tanks which did not burst in the crashing test were excluded from the final test under the Regulations because they failed for other reasons; to the fourth, that all competitors were allowed to carry out any modification of detail they wished prior to the tests to the fifth, that one design failed in the final tests but the other two passed them successfully; and to the sixth and last, that I have already made inquiries into the matter and I do not think that there is any reason for instituting further inquiries.

Naval Canteens (Pamphlet)

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if the pamphlet on naval canteens, 1920, the issue of which was deferred until the end of 1921, has been published; and, if so, whether copies may be supplied to Members on application?

The pamphlet on naval canteens prepared by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes is now being printed, and will be issued shortly. I shall be pleased to arrange for copies to be supplied to Members on application.

Industrial Assurance Bill

asked the Home Secretary when he intends to introduce the Industrial Assurance Bill?

Ships (Construction And Repair Contracts)

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in placing contracts for the construction and repair of ships, any special provision is made for the use of implements and tools; and whether this sum is paid to the contractor or whether any portion of it is payable to the workers in respect of implements and tools supplied by them?

I am informed that it is not the usual practice in placing contracts for the construction or repair of ships to make special provision for the use of implements and, tools.