HC Deb 11 March 1920 vol 126 c1547W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if W. Glendinning, of Ashington, Northumberland, on 2nd May, 1904, applied to the Board and left a complete specification on 2nd February, 1905, and was accepted on 2nd March, 1905; is he aware that as late as 10th February, 1920, Glendinning had a communication from the Board saying the matter was being considered; and, if so, will he state the result?


The first part of the hon. Member's question apparently relates to a patent applied for by Mr. Glendinning in respect of a system for controlling the buoyancy of airships. In December last inquiries as to whether this patent was being used were received by the Air Ministry, and a reply in the negative was given on 31st January. The second and third parts of the question have reference to a letter received from Mr. Glendinning, dated the 9th February last, intimating that he had devised a new method of transmission of mails, etc., by air. He was asked on the 11th February to forward a description for consideration, and after the receipt of this description (which referred to a wireless controlled aeroplane) Mr. Glendinning was informed, on the 17th February, that his suggestions presented no useful features of novelty.