asked the First Lord of the Admiralty (1) whether he is aware that Mr. George Littleproud, of Upwell, Wisbech, submitted in 1917 designs for an under-water torpedo discharger; that he has been unable to secure the return 899W of these designs in spite of many requests; and whether he will see that either the designs are returned at once or, if they are to be retained, a suitable financial acknowledgment is made to Mr. Littleproud;
(2) the reasons why the Royal Commission on War Inventions refused the claim of Mr. George Littleproud, New Road, Upwell, Wisbech, in respect of his suggestions and designs for anti-submarine nets, etc., submitted on 30th April, 1917; and whether any award has been given in respect of a similar suggestion?
§ Sir J. CRAIG
Mr. Littleproud was given in 1916 a copy of the printed form attached, in the last paragraph of which attention is drawn to the fact that the plans, models or papers had to be kept for reference, and recommending the inventor to retain copies. Mr. Little-proud was heard before the Investigating Committee of the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors, and was subsequently informed by the Commission that his claim would not be heard by the full Commission, as it was not considered that there was any chance of his inventions being adopted.