HC Deb 10 February 1937 vol 320 c383
16. Mr. De Chair

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether experiments have been carried out in this country in connection with the wireless control of torpedoes and gliding bombs from aeroplanes which has been perfected by an American inventor and adopted by the United States Navy Department?

Sir S. Hoare

Experiments have been carried out in the control by wireless of torpedo-like weapons, and the Admiralty are aware of the possibilities and limitations of such devices. As regards gliding bombs, I understand from the Air Ministry that that Department has no information about the particular invention to which the hon. Member refers, and the answer to that part of the question is therefore in the negative.

Mr. De Chair

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise the disadvantage to us if any great Power nearer home than the United States of America secured control of that invention?

Sir S. Hoare

Yes, Sir, but I do not accept the assumption on which my hon. Friend bases his supplementary question.

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