HC Deb 17 July 1941 vol 373 cc734-6
48. Captain Plugge

asked the Lord President of the Council what liaison has been established between the Scientific Advisory Committee and the various scientific and technical institutions in this country?

The Lord President of the Council (Sir John Anderson)

Liaison with the numerous scientific and technical institutions maintained or assisted by the Government is established through the Secretaries of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Medical Research Council and the Agricultural Research Council, who are members of the Committee, as well as through the Directors of Scientific Research at the Admiralty, Ministry of Supply, Ministry of Aircraft Production and Ministry of Home Security. Liaison with other scientific institutions is maintained, as most convenient, either through the official channels I have just mentioned or through the President and Joint Secretaries of the Royal Society, who are also members of the Committee.

Captain Plugge

Has the British Association of Chemists or the Institute of Chemistry been consulted by the Committee on matters affecting chemists since it has been set up?

Sir J. Anderson

I know that the Committee has taken special steps to consult with the representatives of chemists. Whether the two institutions the hon. and gallant Gentleman mentioned have as such been taken into consultation, I cannot say.

49. Mr. Hannah

asked the Lord President of the Council what scientific problems have so far been referred to the Scientific Advisory Committee?

Sir J. Anderson

It would not be in the public interest to give particulars of the scientific problems dealt with by this Committee, whose proceedings are of a highly confidential nature.

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