§ Sir Ronald Bell
asked the Secretary of State for Industry when he will announce the Government's decision upon the reports made to his Department by the Advisory Council for Applied Research and Development relating to industrial innovation, technological change, joining and assembly, computer aided design and manufacture, research and development for public purchasing and biotechnology.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
A reply to the ACARD report on industrial innovation76W was a matter for the previous Government. That report was the subject of a debate in another place on 28 March 1980.
My right hon. Friend replied on behalf of the Government to the report on joining and, assembly by writing to the chairman of ACARD on 14 April 1980.
Consideration of the other ACARD reports is well advanced and the Government's replies to them will be published as soon as possible.