§ 33. Mr. David Price
asked the Minister of Technology over what period of time beyond the current financial year he is currently budgeting for the research establishments under his control.
§ Mr. Mallalieu
This is a rolling programme. As the hon. Gentleman knows, I can give no guarantee on behalf of the Treasury.
§ 35. Mr. David Price
asked the Minister of Technology when he now expects to publish the White Paper on Research Policy forecast in the February, 1968, number of New Technology.
§ Mr. Benn
My answers have improved every time the hon. Gentleman has put down Questions to me about this matter. I discovered, in considering the question of a White Paper, that I would be imposing a rigidity on myself in that I would be unable to do things in advance of a White Paper, which would be delayed until everything was tied up. We have the A.E.A. reorganisation which is part of this; we have introduced a new scheme for industrial control of research programmes; and we have also looked at this from the point of view of the ceiling on civil developments and civil applications coming along and the rundown of military developments. Therefore, I would rather not commit myself at this 1356 stage as to when I would publish a White Paper.
§ Mr. Moonman
While recognising the strain that a White Paper imposes on a Department, could I ask my hon. Friend whether he would consider issuing a Green Paper which would also refer to the industrial exploitation section of the Ministry, which would be helpful.