HC Deb 09 April 1964 vol 692 cc1197-8
10. Mr. Holland

asked the Secretary of state for Education and Science how many science graduates entered this country to take up employment during each of the years 1961, 1962 and 1963; and how many of these came from the North America continent.

Sir E. Boyle

I regret there is no comprehensive information. The number of scientists recruited from North America as a result of the work of the Joint Interviewing Board acting on behalf of the Civil Service Commission, the Atomic Energy Authority and the Central Electricity Generating Board, and for the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research as regards D.S.I.R. Fellowships is as follows: 1961, 50; 1962, 68; 1963, 32.

Mr. Holland

Yes, but would my right hon. Friend concede that the estimated influx of experienced scientists into this country has reduced proportionately to a mere trickle through the overflow pipe the net outflow of those who are beguiled by Yankee blandishments and the almighty dollar?

Sir E. Boyle

The figures that I gave do not include private arrangements made by industrial concerns. Secondly, my hon. Friend will, I am sure, wish to bear in mind what my right hon. Friend said in the debate on 24th February and in his statement on the recommendations of the National Incomes Commission on the remuneration of academic staffs at universities.