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Aircraft (Safety-Fuel Tanks)

Volume 155: debated on Friday 16 June 1922

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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.