§ 52. Mr. Blenkinsop
asked the Minister of Technology whether he will make a statement on further action taken or pro- 786 posed to be taken to increase the range of research and development work being undertaken by private industry and by Government Departments in the Northern Region.
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Technology (Dr. Jeremy Bray)
The Department has had a number of discussions with authorities in the Northern Region on proposals for technological development in the region, and these are continuing.
§ Mr. Blenkinsop
When will my hon. Friend be able to say something rather more specific, as there is great anxiety over the great backlog in this field in the Northern Region?
§ Dame Irene Ward
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that on the North-East Coast we think that there is too much talk and too little action? With great respect to the hon. Gentleman, I would feel much happier if the right hon. Gentleman could tell us how he is getting on in the Cabinet, who are obviously the niggers in the woodpile.
§ Mr. David Price
Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that part of the answer to this question is for the two major universities in the North-East, particularly in their engineering departments, to get as close contact as possible with the developing industries and the highly technological industries which are sited in the North-East?