§ Q8. Mr. Carter
asked the Prime Minister if he will seek to address the next meeting of the National Research Development Corporation.
§ Mr. Carter
I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that not entirely unexpected reply. In the absence of a visit, will he urge his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to make a public statement on the subject of Government-backed research and development, instead of making announcements from time to time of cuts in this vital section of the British economy?
§ Mr. Maudling
My right hon. Friend said on 14th December that he was considering this matter and would make a statement.