§ 35. Dr. David Kerr
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will publish annually the results of microbiological research at Porton which have no direct military applicability.
§ Mr. Mason
Yes, Sir, our policy is to publish as much of these research results as we can. Last year, for example, 40 papers were published by the staff of the Micro-Biological Research Establishment, and members of the staff give lectures and attend national and international symposia. An annual report, in the form of abstracts of all original work published, is issued to about 300 libraries at universities, research institutions and industrial organisations and copies are available on request. From 1st December, 1967, all suitable unclassified departmental reports will be released to the National Lending Library for Science and Technology.
§ Dr. Kerr
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Will he note that some of us have a deeply-rooted suspicion of this extrusion from a nightmarish science fiction situation and would be grateful if he could indicate the balance 1027 of benefit we derive from the peaceful uses of this research?