§ 39. Mr. BOWERMAN
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the recent fatalities which have occurred from the use of dope in aircraft works, he is aware that private makes of dope free from the poisonous spirit known as tetrachlorethane, and which are claimed to be entirely non-poisonous, are freely advertised and may presumably be obtained in considerable quantities; and whether the Home Department is prepared to recommend aircraft manufacturers to use these private makes of non-poisonous dope in the meanwhile?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME OFFICE (Mr. Brace)
The Home Office has been in constant communication with the Departments concerned, and I understand that the arrangements which were set on foot some time ago for securing an adequate supply of a satisfactory dope free from tetrachlorethane are now approaching completion. It is hoped that the approved dope will shortly be manufactured in such quantities as to meet all requirements. The use of any other non-poisonous dope must depend on its suitability for aircraft purposes, and this is a matter for the War Office and Admiralty to decide.