HC Deb 11 July 1961 vol 644 cc21-2W
64. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science if he is aware that lack of industrial design is causing concern in some factories at present; and what steps he is taking in the field of research to find out the reasons for this and to effect improvements.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

Yes, and I am grateful to the hon. Member for drawing attention to this important matter of industrial design. One factor, which recent investigations by D.S.I.R. and others, have shown up, is a shortage of engineering designers. Government plans for expansion at universities and colleges of advanced technology include major increases in the facilities for training engineers. In addition D.S.I.R. is making substantial grants to encourage research and design development, in teaching institutions and in research associations, as well as conducting research in its own laboratories. dumping duties; and when these applications were received.

Mr. Maudling

The Board of Trade has at present six applications which it has advertised as being under consideration. Following are the details:

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