HC Deb 09 November 1955 vol 545 c1837
31. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he is able to make a statement about the experiments with a new emergency ration designed for use by Royal Air Force aircrew survivors in extreme heat or cold.

Mr. Ward

This new ration has been produced by the Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine with the assistance of the Catering Branch of the Air Ministry and of many private firms. It has successfully passed laboratory and field tests in extremes of heat and cold, and we are now carrying out prolonged storage trials in Singapore, Aden and Canada. We hope that it will give aircrew a greater chance of survival than any other emergency food pack yet devised. It is already being carried in some types of Royal Air Force aircraft and by Royal Air Force mountain rescue teams.