§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans he has for an announcement concerning the Foresight work programmes; and when the announcement will be made; 
(2) if chairpersons have been appointed to each of the panels associated with the next round of Foresight. 
§ Mr. Battle
The new round of Foresight began on 1 April 1999. A blueprint outlining the structure and remit of the new round was published in December 1998 alongside the Competitiveness White Paper.
Work in the new round is being taken forward by ten sectoral and three thematic panels. Chairs for twelve of the new panels have been appointed as follows: