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Aeronautical Science (Proposed School)

Volume 395: debated on Wednesday 1 December 1943

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26.

asked the Minister of Aircraft Production whether the Aeronautical Research Committee has yet made any Report regarding the possibility of founding a school of aeronautical science?

Yes, Sir. The Committee has made a report, the main recommendations of which have been approved in principle by the Government. With the agreement of my colleagues, I have appointed an Interdepartmental Committee, under the chairmanship of Sir Roy Fedden, to prepare and submit detailed proposals for the establishment of a School of Aeronautical Science within the general framework of these recommendations.

While thanking my right hon. and learned Friend for his reply, may I ask whether he could give the House the Terms of Reference of the Committee?

The Terms of Reference were:

"To prepare and submit to the Minister of Aircraft Production detailed proposals for the establishment of a school of aeronautical science within the general framework of the recommendations of the Aeronautical Research Committee in their report of 10th August to the Minister."

Could my right hon. Friend assure the House that this will be a real practical school of aeronautical engineering and not an academic hot-house?

I am sure that the Chairman of the Committee will certainly bear that in mind.