§ 58. Mr. Mikardo
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, whether he has yet given consideration to the view of the Advisory Council to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research that it will be necessary to revise the Department's grants to research associations to take account of price rises ; and what instructions he has given in this connection.
§ Mr. Bevins
The five-year plan for the expansion of the Department's activities from 1954 to 1959 provides for a financial review in the event of major variations in prices. A review has now taken place and, subject of course to annual Votes, additional resources will be made available up to March, 1959 ; for grants for research associations and other purposes.
§ 59. Mr. Mikardo
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, what additional funds he proposes to make available to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research in order to obviate the necessity, referred to in Command Paper No. 9690, of reducing other scientific grants in order to maintain the number of awards to post-graduate students.
§ Mr. Bevins
As the Department's receipts for repayment services will be greater than had previously been estimated, it will be possible to maintain both the number of awards to postgraduate students and other scientific grants in 1956–57.