HC Deb 18 November 1931 vol 259 cc834-6

asked the Minister of Transport whether any investigations have been made by his De- partment into the possibilities of the George Bennie railplane system of transport; and, if not, whether he will consider arranging for such investigations to be made?


The inventor has discussed this system of transport with officers of my Department and it has been explained to him that statutory powers would be necessary to enable him to proceed with his proposals. I do not propose to initiate any further investigations.


Is the Minister aware that the existing railplane transport system in Glasgow was inspected by the late Secretary of State for Scotland, Mr. Adamson, and the late Lord Privy-Seal, Mr. Johnston? Could he undertake that the Department will investigate the apparently great possibilities of this invention?


We have investigated it and with great sympathy, but we have pointed out that statutory powers would be necessary to enable the inventor to proceed with his proposals. That is his business, and not the business of the Government.