§ 7. Mr. Douglas
asked the Minister of State for Defence what assistance the Naval Construction Research and Development Establishment at Rosyth has given to the petroleum industry in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Douglas
Does not the Minister concede that, with the unique opportunity for the development of the North Sea, the special facilities of this establishment should be used to give advice on the design and testing of production platforms for the North Sea, that much more of the establishment's activity should be in the civilian field and that, if necessary, the establishment should be built up and expanded for that purpose?
§ Mr. Dalyell
Are not these limits another reason for the setting up of the 1129 proposed North Sea environmental command outlined by Professor Erickson, to which I referred in the defence debate?
§ Mr Judd
In view of the massive expenditure on military research and development, does not the Minister agree that, in the context of the current crisis, it would be advantageous if the maximum possible resources were to be deployed on research into alternative sources of energy and on less energy-intensive means of production?