HC Deb 05 July 1983 vol 45 c143
10. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what support his Department is giving to the Institute of Geological Sciences; and what advice he gave on the move of expert personnel from London to Keyworth, Nottinghamshire.

Mr. Brooke

I understand that the sum allocated in 1983–84 to the Institute of Geological Sciences by the Natural Environment Research Council from the council's share of the science budget was £9.6 million.

A recommendation to concentrate the majority of the institute's offices at Keyworth was made by the council in 1975. Under standing delegated authority arrangements the council was required to secure the Department's approval to the plan. That approval was given after careful consideration. I understand that the move of expert personnel from London is one of the consequences of the decision.

Mr. Dalyell

Did the careful consideration include consultation with British industry engaged in mining abroad?

Mr. Brooke

Resources for British industry in London are a matter of concern to the IGS. The institute's library in Exhibition road is the major part of its library. Its primary purpose is to serve the institute's scientists. That is why it will be at Keyworth. I understand that the NERC is aware of the use made by industry of the IGS libraries and will consult interested bodies, including industry, about the future provision of library and information services in London. The consultations will cover the accessibility of the institute's specialist maps and reports.