HC Deb 07 March 1994 vol 239 cc19-20
35. Mr. Fabricant

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what is the current state of progress of the Megalab experiment; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Waldegrave

We received some 350 ideas for Megalab. The judging panel has now selected a shortlist of possible experiments to be considered for use during national science week.

Mr. Fabricant

Does my right hon. Friend agree that the promotion of Megalab on "Tomorrow's World" and BBC Radio 1 is a marvellous initiative to encourage interest in science among young people and children? Does he further agree that not enough people know about science? Will he commend the Megalab experiment to hon. Members?

Mr. Waldegrave

Let us not forget the other partner—The Daily Telegraph, which contains an account of these matters today. I agree with my hon. Friend. It is vital that we make science and engineering more accessible to more people.