§ 19. Mr. Swingler
asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science if he will revise the terms of reference of the Trend Committee to enable it to consider the need for a scientific research unit to be attached to the Ministry of Transport.
§ 21. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science if he will revise the terms of reference of the Trend Committee to enable it to consider the need for a scientific research unit to be attached to the Department of Technical Co-operation.
§ Mr. Denzil Freeth
The terms of reference of this Committee, which will report to my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, are wide enough to permit consideration of these issues.
§ Dr. Bray
I am sure that hon. Members will be very glad to hear that report, but may I ask the hon. Gentleman if he is himself happy that the Ministry of Power has sufficient scientific manpower to enable it to communicate effectively with the highly technical industries with which it has to deal? Is he himself presenting any evidence to the Trend Committee on this matter?
§ Mr. Freeth
The first part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question should be asked of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Power. As regards the second part, neither my noble Friend nor 219 I are presenting evidence to this Committee since we shall naturally have to take part in making decisions on the recommendations of the Committee.
§ Mr. Swingler
While being glad to hear that the Committee has wide enough terms of reference to consider these ideas, may I ask the Parliamentary Secretary whether he will ensure bringing them to the Committee's attention so that it does consider specifically proposals for attaching scientific research units to each of these Departments?
§ Mr. Willis
Will the hon. Gentleman also see that the Committee considers the position of the Scottish Office in view of the fact that the Elgood Committee commended the setting up of a research and development unit in the Scottish Office?
§ Mr. Freeth
As I said, the Committee, I am certain, is aware of these particular issues; but if it were not, it will have read today's HANSARD by tomorrow.