HC Deb 20 December 1961 vol 651 cc165-6W
Mr. J. H. Osborn

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science what plans the Government had for developing research in the field of radio-astronomy in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

My noble Friend has recently appointed a committee under the chairmanship of Lord Fleck, with the following terms of reference:

"To consider and advise on the nature and extent of the participation of Her Majesty's Government in research in radio-astronomy; in particular to consider the programmes, facilities, funds and organisation required to support the United Kingdom interest in research in radio-astronomy both nationally and internationally."

The membership of the Committee is:

  • Chairman: The Lord Fleck, K.B.E.,
  • Sir Edward Appleton, G.B.E., K.C.B., F.R.S., (Edinburgh University).
  • Dr. D. G. Christopherson, O.B.E., F.A.S., (Durham University).
  • Dr. W. L. Francis, C.B.E. (D.S.I.R.).
  • Dr. J. S. Hey, M.B.E (Royal Radar Establishment, Malver).
  • Professor Fred Hoyle, F.R.S. (Cambridge University).
  • Sir Willis Jackson, F.R.S. (London University).
  • Professor E. R. H. Jones, F.R.S. (Oxford University).
  • Sir Bernard Lovell, O.B.E., (Manchester University).
  • Mr. J. A. Ratcliffe, C.B.E., F.R.S. (Radio Research Station, D.S.I.R.).
  • Professor Martin Ryle, F.R.S. (Cambridge University).
  • Dr. R. v. d. R. Woolley, O.B.E., F.R.S. (Astronomer Royal).

My noble Friend hopes to receive an interim report within a year.

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