§ MR. NIELD (Middlesex, Ealing)
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that distrust of the Committee now inquiring into the management of the National Physical Laboratory, on the ground that two of its members are also members of the executive of the laboratory, has been expressed and has received no public contradiction; and will he give effect to the same and allay the anxiety created by the competition of an institution receiving a Government subsidy with private and professional interests in making commercial tests.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I have already informed the honourable Member, in reply to two previous Questions, that I see no grounds for the distrust to which he refers; and I have also expressed the opinion that the composition of the Committee should command the confidence of all impartially-minded persons. To these replies I have nothing to add.