HC Deb 08 July 1915 vol 73 cc522-3
21. Mr. LYNCH

asked the Minister of Munitions whether, since the establishment of his office, he has taken any steps towards handling the question of inventions in the most efficacious manner; whether he has considered the French system of an advisory commission divided into three sections dealing, respectively, with the mechanical, electrical, and chemical aspects of these questions; whether he proposes to establish in this country a similar system; and whether he will use his good offices to facilitate consultations between such a scientific commission, or some equivalent, with officers who can speak from experience as to the aid which science might render in the fighting at the front?


I have made arrangements with the Secretary of State for War for taking over the invention work relating to the munitions of war for the supply of which my Department is responsible. I have also arranged with the First Lord of the Admiralty to take over the work relating to new expedients and inventions for purely Army purposes which are at present in charge of that Department.


Will a commission be created to deal with the preliminary work so as to eliminate a great deal of useless matter and finally to present to competent authorities really valid suggestions?


That has been done both at the front and at home.