HC Deb 10 February 1960 vol 617 cc53-4W
Mr. Albu

asked the President of the Board of Trade what are the technical or professional qualifications of the members of the sub-committee set up to consider the report by Professor Melman on the European Machine Tool Industry.

Mr. Maudling

The Chairman, Sir Steuart Mitchell, has spent five years as Chief Engineer of the Armament Design Department, three years as Controller of Royal Ordnance Factories and five years as Controller of Guided Weapons and Electronics.

Mr. R. W. Asquith, Colonel C. W. Clark and Mr. R. D. G. Ryder, representing machine tool makers, all have a lifetime's experience in the industry and an extensive knowledge of the problems involved in the design, manufacture and sale of machine tools.

Mr. R. C. Giggins from the General Electric Company, Mr. J. G. Lloyd from Vickers Armstrong (Engineers) Ltd., and Mr. A. Siddall from Joseph Lucas Ltd. represent machine tool users and have long experience of the requirements for machine tools in the industries with which they have been associated.

Mr. W. J. Carron, the Trades Union representative, is President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union, Engineering Chairman of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions and a Member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of the British Productivity Council.

Mr. E. T. Grainger is head of the Technical Section of the Engineering Industries Division of the Board of Trade, of which Mr. J. B. L. Munro is in charge.

The Chairman and Mr. Siddall are members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Mr. Asquith, Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Ryder are members of the Institution of Production Engineers.