HC Deb 11 February 1969 vol 777 cc284-5W
Mr. Marples

asked the Minister of Technology if he will list the qualified staff, showing their qualifications and Civil Service rank, of the Programme Analysis Unit at Harwell; and if he will list the projects which they have so far analysed.

Mr. Benn

There are 23 qualified staff, engaged in the Programmes Analysis Unit as at 6th February, 1969. Their equivalent Civil Service grades are:

Chief Scientific Officer 1
Assistant Secretary 1
Senior Principal Scientific Officer 3
A/D Engineer 1
Principal Scientific Officer 7
Chemist 1 2
Engineer 1 1
Chief Executive Officer 2
Senior Experimental Officer 1
Senior Executive Officer 1
Experimental Officer 2
Executive Officer 1

A high proportion of these staff have been drawn from the U.K.A.E.A. and about one-third have substantial previous experience in industry.

These staff hold qualifications at first degree or higher level in the following disciplines:

Mathematics 3
Physics 3
Chemistry 6
Chemical Engineering 2
Electrical Engineering 1
Mechanical Engineering 3
Economics 1
Law 1
Other Arts Subjects 1

Some members have additional qualifications in operational research and statistics. Other economists are attached to the Unit from time to time.

Among the research projects or proposals on which the P.A.U. have completed reports are the following:

  • Desalination
  • Carbon Fibres
  • Aspects of Marine Technology,
  • Levels of Basic Nuclear Research
  • Radiation Sterilisation and Pasteurisation.

This sample covers about one-quarter of the projects on which the Unit has worked and is not necessarily representative but most of the reports make use of confidential information from industry and their nature cannot be disclosed.