HC Deb 16 July 1962 vol 663 cc14-5W
73. Mr. Small

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science, to what extent Scottish firms are co-operating with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in the application to industrial processes of air-lubricated bearings.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

Since 1st April, 1961, the National Engineering Laboratory of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research has received written inquiries from five organisations in Scotland concerning the application of air-lubricated bearings. Four of these were industrial firms. One has already resulted in the design of an air bearing for a high precision inspection table which is now in use. In addition to these inquiries, at the recent open days held by the Laboratory twelve firms in Scotland asked for design information on the application of air-lubricated bearings to machine tools.