HC Deb 09 August 1966 vol 733 cc1377-8
22. Mr. Hannan

asked the Minister of Technology what plans he has for implementing the recommendation of the Feilden Committee that Institutes for Advanced Studies of Design in particular industrial fields be established.

Mr. Benn

The first institute, devoted in this case to advanced machine tool and control technology, will soon be established on the National Engineering Laboratory site at East Kilbride. Other institutes will follow.

Mr. Hannan

Is my right hon. Friend aware that his reply will give great pleasure to the people of Scotland? What consultations has he had with the Scottish Economic Planning Council and with the University of Strathclyde? When does he think that this institute can start work?

Mr. Benn

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for saying what he did say, because this is an important development. Talks have gone on with industry and the Scottish Economic Planning Council. Although the establishment will be a Ministry of Technology establishment, the steering committee will represent industries, trade unions and the university. It will be based on Strathclyde and, until buildings are available for it, the National Engineering Laboratory will house it. I cannot say definitely when it will start work, but the director will be appointed soon and will be a full member of the university.