§ Mr. Ingram
To ask the President of the Board of Trade on how many occasions the Minister for Science and Technology has met collectively(a) the chief executives of the research councils and (b) the chairmen of research councils, and on what dates. 
§ Mr. Ian Taylor
[holding answer 13 May 1996]: I met collectively the chief executives of the research councils on 13 December 1995 and the chairmen on 20 February 1996. In addition I have met individual research council chairmen or chief executives on several occasions before and since these meetings.