HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc1015-6
50. Sir W. Wakefield

asked the Lord President of the Council if he will now state what steps are to be taken to implement his undertaking, given on 29th November, 1945, that, at a later date, the Committee on Scientific Manpower would be asked to make recommendations as to the establishment of permanent machinery for carrying out surveys as to the best use of our scientific resources in the national interest; and whether he will make a statement in this connection.

Mr. H. Morrison

The Government are considering the question of the central Government machinery for dealing with broad scientific questions in the light of advice received from the committee referred to and from others. I hope shortly to be able to make a statement on the subject.

Sir W. Wakefield

Am I to understand from that reply that while the Barlow Committee is still in existence it is not being used but it may be used in the future?

Mr. Morrison

It has submitted certain recommendations to the Government and is still in existence. Obviously a new situation will be created as and when these new committees for home and defence matters are set up.