HC Deb 11 February 1960 vol 617 cc640-1
6. Mr. Albu

asked the Minister of Education as representing the Minister for Science, what action he proposes to take on the findings of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Report on the machine-tool industry.

Sir D. Eccles

Discussion on the recommendations of the Report is proceeding between the D.S.I.R., the Machine Tool Trades Association, the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Education, with a view to co-ordinating action with the industry.

Mr. Albu

Does the Minister not think the time has come to take account of the D.S.I.R. Report, which I understand from reports in the Press is concerned only with resources in scientific manpower and research and development employed by the machine-tool industry and is not in any way affected by the new committee which has been set up to deal with production?

Sir D. Eccles

Account is being taken of it in a number of ways. Perhaps the hon. Member would like my noble Friend to write to him on that.

Mr. Anthony Greenwood

Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the possibility of setting up a body to inquire into the machine-tool industry, as the Heyworth Committee did into the gas industry or the Reid Committee into the coal industry, an inquiry whose proceedings and evidence would be fully published?

Sir D. Eccles

It would be better to see the progress we can make with what is happening now, which I understand is likely to be good.