HC Deb 20 March 1962 vol 656 cc28-9W
Mr. W. Clark

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science what plans he has for obtaining further information on the national effort in scientific research and development.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

The Advisory Council on Scientific Policy has recommended that a new national survey of resources devoted to research and development should be undertaken for 1961–62 comparable with previous surveys in 1955–56 and 1958–59. Apart from the desirability of holding these surveys at triennial intervals, a new survey at the present time will enable comparison to be made with data on qualified manpower available from the manpower survey of January, 1962, and from the ten per cent. sample in the Census of population of April, 1961. My noble Friend has therefore authorised this survey, and questionnaires will be sent out later this month. The Board of Trade has agreed to conduct the inquiry in the industrial sector. The results of the survey will be reported to the Advisory Council on Scientific Policy.