HC Deb 10 March 1964 vol 691 cc230-1
4. Mr. Lubbock

asked the Lord President of the Council and Minister for Science if he will publish an annual White Paper on Scientific Policy and Expenditure, as recommended in paragraph 113 of the Trend Report.

Mr. Hogg

This is an integral part of the reorganisation recommended by the Trend Report and follows from the changed position of the Minister and the Advisory Council on Scientific Policy. I would therefore expect it to be implemented when the new organisation has been established. Up to now, of course, as the House knows, annual reports have been published by the Advisory Council. Research council reports will not be affected.

Mr. Lubbock

Is there any reason why this recommendation should not be implemented now, before the new machinery is established?

Mr. Hogg

I rather think that there is. This suggestion has been made before. The difficulty is that the Advisory Council, all the four research councils and the Atomic Energy Authority produce annual reports, which leaves very little for an annual report by the Minister.

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