HC Deb 01 May 1919 vol 115 c371W

asked the Under-Secretary of State to the Air Ministry whether the plant which the Government was in process of erecting at Farnborough last autumn for the recovery of dope from scrap aeroplane wings has been completed; if so, has it been decided to work the plant; if not, are the Government going to sell it; what sum has been expended on the plant; what quantity of scrap fabric has been treated; has the recovered dope been found satisfactory; why are the Government selling off the scrap to the public when they have a plant for recovery of the dope; and what is the name of the official in charge of the plant?


The plant in question has not yet been completed; when completed it will be worked by the Government. Up to the present a sum of about £1,500 has been expended on the plant. Only a small quantity of scrap fabric has so far been treated experimentally. The treatment has proved successful. The officer at present in charge of the plant is Dr. J. E. Ramsbotham.