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Superconducting Electric Motor (Industrial Application)

Oral Answers to Questions — Technology – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th March 1968.

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Photo of Mr David Watkins Mr David Watkins , Consett 12:00 am, 18th March 1968

asked the Minister of Technology what proposals he is considering for the industrial application of the superconducting electric motor developed at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, under the sponsorship of the National Research Development Corporation.

Photo of Dr Jeremy Bray Dr Jeremy Bray , Middlesbrough West

The responsibility for the industrial exploitation of the superconducting motor, when development and testing are complete, will lie with the National Research Development Corporation and International Research and Development Company Limited, both of which have the strongest possible incentive to see that it gets very fully used.

Photo of Mr David Watkins Mr David Watkins , Consett

Is my hon. Friend aware that this is probably the most important development in electronic motors this century? Will he assure the House that every effort will be made through the Department and the agencies he has mentioned to push its industrial application?

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Will the new company—Tracked Hovercraft Company Ltd.—be interested in this project?