HC Deb 11 November 1936 vol 317 c855
26. Mr. DAY

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he will give particulars of the experiments that have recently been made in Great Britain with engineless gliding planes; whether any results have been recorded from same; and has the Ministry considered the advisability of giving official encouragement and financial assistance to experimental work with gliders?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Sir Philip Sassoon)

Experiments of this kind are proceeding continually by the gliding clubs and the manufacturers and the results of them are embodied in new types of gliders or the modification of existing types. No record is kept by the Air Ministry of the particulars of the experiments as this would involve elaborate organisation which would not appear to be necessary. As regards the last part of the question, financial assistance up to £5,000 a year is already being given by the Air Ministry to the gliding movement.


Is the financial assistance limited to the manufacture of British-made gliders, or does it also apply to the purchase of foreign gliders?


The allocation and administration of this fund is undertaken by the British Gliding Association.