HC Deb 11 November 1941 vol 374 cc2035-6
51. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Prime Minister whether he will inform the House of the name and composition of the committee that examines inventions submitted for the three Services; and to what extent has any individual member the power to turn down inventions or to advise that they be taken up or developed?

The Prime Minister

I presume my hon. Friend is referring to the Engineering Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of my right hon. and Noble Friend Lord Hankey, the terms of reference and composition of which were published in the Press on 30th April last. In reply to the second part of the Question, individual members of the Committee are, of course, entitled to express their opinions to their colleagues.

Sir W. Smithers

Am I right in assuming that Lord Cherwell has a deciding voice in these matters?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, he is not a member of the Committee.