§ 1. Major ARCHER-SHEE
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the Oil Fuel Committee is to consider the question of electrical marine propulsion with electricity generated by high speed internal-combustion engines and delivered 2022 to induction motors on propeller shafts, as fitted in the United States navy collier "Jupiter," now under construction at the Mare Island navy yard?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the ADMIRALTY (Dr. Macnamara)
The Commissioners must put their own interpretation upon their terms of reference. I have no doubt it will be liberal. The point of the hon. and gallant Member's question shall be brought to the attention of the Chairman of the Commission.
§ Major ARCHER-SHEE
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the "Jupiter" is a ship of 12,000 tons, with 7,000 horsepower engines, and if the expectations of the designers are realised, namely, that they will get 91 per cent, of efficiency, it will probably result in an entire revolution in the whole system of propelling ships?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
I cannot state the terms except in general terms. It will be the duty of the Commission to inquire into the supply of oil fuel, liquid fuel, and its application as a means of propulsion.