Maby Dowsing Experiments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 17th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

asked the Lord President of the Council whether he is aware of the waste of time and energy in connection with the Maby dowsing experiments, which system was proved useless on 28th February at Bourton-on-Hill; and whether he will give instructions that this matter is now to be dropped by all Departments concerned?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

I have been asked to reply. I am aware of these experiments. A report on them is at present being considered.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Is the Financial Secretary aware that Mr. Maby refuses to submit himself to proper controlled experiments and is he also aware that three Departments,, the Admiralty, the Ministry of Aircraft Production, and the Ministry of Supply have all in turn been investigating this bogus proceeding and would it not be sufficient if only one had done so?

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

May we know how much this work costs?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

These experiments were considered to be useful. If their continuance ceases to be useful they will be discontinued.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

But is the hon. Gentleman aware that Mr. Maby refuses to submit himself to the only experiment worth while, saying that he must know whether or not the reactionary element is present before he will try, in case he is found wrong?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

I am not prepared to discuss the details of these experiments.