§ 6. Mr. Moonman
asked the Minister of Technology if he will give the terms of reference for the recently established Advisory Board on Relations with the Universities.
§ 14. Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of Technology whether the Advisory Board on Relations with the Universities which he has set up, under the chairmanship of Dr. S. C. Curran, F.R.S., will make an annual report; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Moonman
I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that Answer. Will he consider the possibility of relating two other aspects of this problem: the financing of research projects and the need for better communications between technological institutes, either now or later?
§ Mr. Dalyell
Do the terms of reference include the problem of enabling those who are at present mostly engaged in military science research engaging in civil science research?
§ Mr. David Price
Would not the Minister agree that the most important single factor for promoting faster technological growth in relation to the universities is the need to get firms closer to the departments of universities? We have gone beyond the days of vice-chancellors and the C.B.I. having great 1241 conferences. Surely this work must be done on the ground, so to speak, with the two sides being brought together.
§ Mr. Benn
Certainly, and that is why 59 liaison officers are situated in our technical colleges and universities. We have it in mind that the universities should play a fuller part in the areas of the country in which they operate; and I am glad to hear that this idea carries the support of the hon. Gentleman.
Following is the information:Terms of reference of the Advisory Board on Relations with the Universities are:To consider and report upon proposals for the formation and development of Institutes of Advanced Technology and to keep under review collaboration between the Ministry of Technology and the universities and other higher educational establishments on projects designed to promote technological progress in industry.