Oral Answers to Questions — Aeroplane Tank Tests.

– in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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Photo of Lieutenant Alfred Raper Lieutenant Alfred Raper , Islington East

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asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps have been taken to investigate or develop the aeroplane tank which was submitted to the Royal Air Force authorities too late to take part in the recent aeroplane tank competition at Farnborough, but which proved itself under tests similar to those to which the competition tanks were submitted to be both crash-proof and fire-proof?

The SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Captain Guest):

The tank, although delivered too late, was submitted to tests, but was not considered as satisfactory as a good many of the others sent in, and it is not proposed to develop the design.

Photo of Lieutenant Alfred Raper Lieutenant Alfred Raper , Islington East

Will the right hon. Gentleman take some further opportunity of stating the objections to this tank, and did it not fulfil the conditions to which I refer in my question?

Captain GUEST:

It is quite clear it did not fulfil the conditions necessary to obtain first place in the competition. If my hon. Friend puts down a further question on the subject I shall endeavour to secure more information for him.