HC Deb 03 April 1951 vol 486 c12
6. Mr. Turton

asked the Minister of Works why the Eon Olympia, a sailplane of German design, is to be exhibited in the Transport and Communications Pavilion at the Festival of Britain; and whether he will confine the exhibition to products of British design and manufacture.

Mr. Stokes

The hon. Member has been misinformed. The design of the Eon Olympia sailplane to be exhibited at the South Bank Exhibition is based on a German design, but is the product of development and modification in this country so extensive as to justify its inclusion as a British exhibit.

Mr. Turton

Arising out of that, is the Minister aware that this German plane was to have been in the German exhibits for the 1940 Olympic Games, and would not it be much better to confine the exhibit to sailplanes such as the Slingsby Sky sailplane, which would bring great credit to British designers and manufacturers?

Mr. Stokes

That may be, but the Council of Industrial Design recommended that this should be included. There are always marginal cases, and it is absolutely impossible to guarantee that everything is 100 per cent. British from its conception.