HC Deb 02 March 1965 vol 707 c200W
25. Mr. Bence

asked the Minister of Technology what consideration he has given to means of instigating development work, other than giving contracts to existing manufacturers.

Mr. Cousins

I regard the placing of development contracts as the main instrument for instigating development work; and in the Development of Inventions Bill, I have put forward proposals which will enable N.R.D.C. to expand its work in this field. Development contracts need not, however, be confined to companies already well established in a particular field.