§ 40. Mr. Corfield
asked the Minister of Technology which Minister in the Department of Technology is now immediately responsible for the technological aspects of aviation.
§ Mr. Benn
The integration of the various responsibilities brought together under the Ministry of Technology has been developing steadily over the last 18 months.
My hon. Friend the Minister of State will act generally as my deputy. He will have special responsibilities for the aviation work of the Department, for nuclear energy and for Western European technological collaboration.
Broadly, my hon. Friend the Member for Middlesbrough, West (Dr. Bray) is concerned with the electronics, telecommunications, computer, machine tools and electrical and chemical plant industries, while my hon. Friend the Member for The Wrekin (Mr. Fowler) is concerned with research policy and establishments, the motor vehicles, shipbuilding and general engineering industries, and aviation exports.