§ Mr. Bermingham
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what initiatives exist for the transport and road research laboratory to market British research in the United States of America; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
[holding answer 16 March 1989]: As part of the United States strategic highway research programme, the Department of Transport has co-financed (with the science and engineering research council) a representative to join the permanent staff in Washington.
This officer's duties include seeking opportunities for British research organisations to tender for contracts within the $150 million SHRP budget. The transport and road research laboratory has submitted a tender within this framework, together with several other United Kingdom organisations.