HC Deb 29 March 1960 vol 620 cc108-9W
54. Mr. Tilney

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether colonial development and welfare fund money will be available to the Overseas Research Council; and what subcommittees will advise that Council.

61. Mr. Albu

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what branches of the work of the Colonial Research Council will be carried on by the Overseas Research Council.

Mr. Alport

Apart from the Colonial Research Council and the Colonial Products Council, all the research committees which advised my right hon. Friend's predecessors on the expenditure of colonial development and welfare funds allocated to research continue so to advise him. These advisory research committees did not put suggestions for expenditure to the Colonial Research Council; and the question of making colonial development and welfare money available to the Overseas Research Council does not arise.

The Overseas Research Council has now taken over from the Colonial Research Council the function of advising on general research policy and on co-ordinating the work of the advisory committees. There are at present no standing sub-committees of the Council itself, but it will, of course, be able to call on existing research bodies, including the Colonial Research Advisory Committee and the United Kingdom Research Councils.

My right hon. Friend would like to place on record his great appreciation of the help given him so freely by the members of the Scientific Advisory Committees both inside and outside the committees themselves.

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