§ MR. TOMKINSON (Cheshire, Crewe)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether it is the intention of the War Office to issue an official report of the recent trials of self-propelled lorries at Aldershot; and in view of the fact that in these trials the comparative results shown by the motors 350 exhibited by Messrs. Foden and Messrs. Thorneycroft, over the same distance, showed a superiority by Messrs. Foden's in the matter of speed and in economy of fuel and water of about 40 per cent., and of the further fact that the price of their motor was lower, whether he will state the reasons for which the first prize was awarded to Messrs. Thorneycroft, and the second to Messrs. Foden.
An official report of the recent trials of self-propelled lorries at Aldershot will be included in the Report of the War Office Committee on Mechanical Transport, the publication of which will be considered by my right hon. friend. In awarding the prizes, a number of points, duly set forth in the conditions of the competition, had to be considered, and it was after full consideration of the merits and demerits of the various vehicles, in relation to these points, that the prizes were awarded as stated by the hon. Member.