HC Deb 19 November 1970 vol 806 cc1422-3
Q1. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Prime Minister whether it is his intention to continue the practice of signing the Queen's Award to Industry.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Edward Heath)

I shall continue the present practice.

Sir J. Langford-Holt

Is it the Prime Minister's view that there are perhaps too many awards to industry?

The Prime Minister

A number of points have been made to me in the last few months about the scheme, one of which is that perhaps the number of awards has been running at a high level. I cannot form a personal judgment about that until I get the advisory committee's report in the course of next year. I shall then be able to take a decision.

Mr. Ashley

Will the Prime Minister consider a duffer's award to the soft, sodden morass of incompetent, subsidised firms—or would he like to repudiate the arrogant views of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry?

The Prime Minister

The purpose of the award was settled as being for export achievement and technological advance, and that seems to me satisfactory.