HC Deb 21 March 1972 vol 833 c1334
27. Mr. Peter Mills

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what forms or organisation he has contemplated setting up in his consideration of the Rothschild Report, to represent the needs of the agricultural industry to serve as the customers proposed in the report.

Mr. Anthony Stodart

These among other points are still subject to discussion; but I accept the need to set up a Chief Scientists' Organisation within my Department, and also to ensure that the views of the agricultural and food industries are fully integrated into the process of formulating the needs of research and development.

Mr. Mills

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that we already have a large technical advantage over the Community, that this needs to be maintained and that it means a lot of money being spent on research? Will he confirm that this is so and take advice on what the N.F.U. is saying on this subject?

Mr. Stodart

Yes, Sir.

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