HC Deb 21 June 1915 vol 72 cc931-2
44. Sir W. BULL

asked whether any application has been made to the Royal Institution for the temporary use of a laboratory in the institution for conducting certain scientific experiments in connection with the supply of optical instruments for the forces of the Crown,, such experiments to be carried on under the direction of a member of the staff of the Northampton Polytechnic Institute, whose services the governors of that institute had agreed to place at the disposal of the War Office; and, if so, whether the managers of the Royal Institution have expressed their willingness to afford facilities for such experiments to be conducted in the laboratories of the institution, as suggested by the War Office?


The facts are substantially as stated in the first part of the question. The communications received from the Royal Institution did not, I understand, amount to an offer of help or an expression of readiness to lend assistance. Arrangements for the experiments which the War Office had desired to carry out by means of the good offices of the Royal Institution were subsequently made with Dr. Grant Ogilvie, of the Science Museum, South Kensington.


Why has it become necessary to seek some other place for the performance of these experiments than an institution where all the apparatus and equipment existed?


I am afraid that I do not know that. I should have to inquire.