HC Deb 09 October 1946 vol 427 cc75-6W
96. Sir F. Sanderson

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that, in the international motor-car races recently held at Geneva and Turin, British motorcars were outclassed and frequently unable to finish mainly due to the impossibility, under present conditions, of the motor-cars being tuned up and tested thoroughly owing to the compulsory sale of Brooklands and the requisitioning of Donnington by the War Office; and, in view of this fact, the national prestige these events carry and the advertisement they provide for this export industry, if he will consult with the Secretary of State for War with a view to the derequisitioning of Donnington at the earliest opportunity.

Mr. Woodburn

The need for a proving ground for the motor industry is fully recognised and the provision of suitable facilities is now under consideration in conjunction with the Motor Industry Research Association. The industry have intimated through their trade association that they do not consider Donnington Park to be suitable.