HC Deb 26 June 1913 vol 54 cc1218-9
62. Mr. FELL

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if his attention has been called to the accidents which have taken place with aeroplanes which have met with accidents and have been repaired and which are afterwards unsound; if the Admiralty scrap aeroplanes which have been badly damaged or repair them; and, if so, if care is taken that absolutely new material is put into them?


The Board of Admiralty are, through their advisers, in the closest touch with all the information that can be obtained in connection with accidents that have taken place with aeroplanes. If a machine is so badly damaged that it is beyond repair, it is scrapped. If it is so damaged that complete rebuilding is necessary, care is taken that the machine is turned out almost as good as new. A good supply of spare parts is provided for making small repairs. As far as possible new material is always used.


In view of the statement that where a machine has to be rebuilt care is taken that it is turned out almost as good as new, does the right hon. Gentleman consider that it is safe to go up in?


I should say that it would be absolutely as safe as a new machine.