§ Mr. Callaghan
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what initiatives he plans for the improvement of high-technology British industries.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Our policies contribute to high technology as well as other industries. In addition, as outlined in the recent Science and Technology White Paper, and my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade's statement of 26 May,Official Report, 149W columns 583–85, the Government are mounting a technology foresight programme, with the Office of Science and Technology in the lead and substantial assistance from DTI. This will establish priorities among generic technologies and encourage industrialists and academics to develop clear strategies for the contribution of emerging science to high technology industry. DTI will facilitate access to overseas technology and provide technology and innovation consultancy through the diagnostic and brokerage services planned to succeed the consultancy initiative.