§ Mr. Palmer
asked the Minister of Technology if he will make a statement on the scientific and technical aspects of his recent visit to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics with the Prime Minister.
§ Mr. Cousins
I have had useful preliminary discussions with Academician V. A. Kirillin, the Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology and his staff, and with Mr. K. N. Rudnev, the Minister of Instruments, Automation and Control Systems and his staff. The topics included the methods by which scientific and technological resources could be effectively deployed for national economic goals, and the development of industrial instruments and control systems.
I also visited the computing centre of the Scientific Research Institute of Complex Automation and the weaving factory of the Moscow Silk Combine.