§ 17. Captain Studholme
asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent the War Office is relying upon dowsers for advice on water supply and in what theatres of war; whether this action has been taken with the approval of the Government's scientific advisers; and whether he has any information regarding the reliability of advice given by dowsers during the course of the present war?
§ Sir J. Grigg
The War Office does not rely on dowsers for advice on water supply in the United Kingdom, and so far as I know the only place where they have been tried is the Middle East. A report of their performance there showed a very small percentage of successes, and orders were issued that scientific geological methods only were to be used.