§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of Technology (1) what plans he has to create better facilities for the secondment of staff between defence research establishments and industrial firms.
(2) what plans he has for introducing more flexible pension schemes in research establishments for which he is responsible in order to introduce an element of transferability.
§ Mr. Benn
I am always prepared to consider requests from industrial firms for the secondment of staff from the research establishment. There are no special difficulties about secondment, although permanent transfer to industry could raise pension problems. The Fulton Committee may have something to say on this matter in their report.