HC Deb 23 January 1941 vol 368 cc274-5
48. Captain Plugge

asked the Lord President of the Council whether he can arrange for the newly-appointed Scientific Advisory Committee to review the adequacy or otherwise of the scientific appointments to the various Government Departments, including the permanent scientific advisory personnel and the personnel of the various scientific committees which advise Departments, with a view to ensuring that the fullest use is being made of scientific knowledge in the administration of the national war effort?

The Lord President of the Council (Sir John Anderson)

The purpose which the Government had in view in establishing the Scientific Advisory Committee was "to ensure the continuance of the fullest co-operation of scientific workers with the Government in the national war effort," and one of the functions specifically assigned to the Committee is to advise on the selection of individuals for scientific work in, or for, the various Government Departments. I think, therefore, that the object indicated by my hon. and gallant Friend is already sufficiently met.