HC Deb 07 July 1960 vol 626 cc58-9W
68. Mr. C. Osborne

asked the President of the Board of Trade, in view of the information regarding Russian achievements in automation which has been obtained by the Western experts attending the Moscow exhibition of British scientific instruments organised by the Scientific Instruments Manufacturers of Great Britain, if he will appoint a technical committee to advise Her Majesty's Government why development in this country has fallen behind, and what should be done for Great Britain to catch up the Soviet lead.

Mr. Maudling

No. The information we have about Russian achievements suggests that the U.S.S.R. may be ahead of us in some applications of automation and behind in others. The Moscow exhibition has been a great success and the organisers will be discussing the results of any fresh information they may have gained with my officials.