§ Mr. Benn
The need for co-ordinating and extending services of this kind in industrial sectors where they are wanted has been recognised as a result of extensive joint discussions between my Department and the Confederation of British Industry. I have now agreed with the President of the Confederation to appoint a small Working Party whose task will be to study70W what organisation would best meet this need. The Working Party will invite evidence from a number of interested parties. Its membership and terms of reference, which have been agreed in consultation with the Confederation, are as follows:
- Sir Eric Mensforth, C.B.E.
- Mr. G. B. R. Feilden, C.B.E., F.R.S.
- Professor B. T. Houlden.
Terms of Reference:To consider and make proposals for the voluntary co-ordination and extension of national arrangements for the surveillance of quality control, inspection, testing and certification of engineering products and materials to declared standards of performance, safety and reliability; and to ensure that the proposals made will be directed at improving industrial efficiency and take particular account of the needs of the export market.