HC Deb 15 December 1953 vol 522 cc203-4
61. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, to what extent Her Majesty's Government intend to allow the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research to expand their existing plans for research.

Mr. Bevins

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8th December to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Marylebone (Sir W. Wakefield)and to the hon. Member for Newton (Mr. Lee).

Mr. Wade

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that every possible encouragement should be given to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research?

Mr. Bevins

Yes, Sir, and on the basis of the new programme there will be a considerable expansion during the next five years.

Mr. Fletcher

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the Department is satisfied with the Minister's recent announcement?

Mr. Bevins

Yes, Sir. I understand so.