HC Deb 30 June 1949 vol 466 cc1501-2
28. Mr. Blackburn

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is yet in a position to announce the members of the National Research Development Corporation.

24. Colonel J. R. H. Hutchison

asked the President of the Board of Trade what appointments have now been made to the National Research Development Corporation.

Mr. H. Wilson

I am glad to be able to say that Sir Percy Mills has accepted my invitation to become Chairman of the Corporation. I have also appointed five other Directors, whose names I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I announced the prospective appointment of the Managing Director, Lord Halsbury, in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend, the Member for King's Norton (Mr. Blackburn) on 10th May. The Corporation accordingly came into existence on 28th June, and I am sure that hon. Members will join with me in wishing it every success in the very important work it has to do.

Mr. Blackburn

Will my right hon. Friend make sure that the address of the Corporation is made known as soon as possible so that the many inventors who are writing to Members of Parliament and the Committee may know where to send their applications?

Mr. Wilson

Yes, Sir, I will see to that.

Mr. Tolley

May I ask what are the terms of reference of the Committee, as I regard them as important?

Mr. Wilson

If my hon. Friend will study the Act passed last year he will find them fully set out.

Following are the names of the other Directors:

Professor Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, F.R.S., M.A.

Sir John Duncanson.

Sir Edward Hodgson, K.B.E., C.B.

Mr. W. E. P. Johnson, A.F.C., C.P.A., A.F.R.Ae.S.

Sir Edward de Stein.