HC Deb 16 June 1969 vol 785 cc49-50W
Mr. Anderson

asked the Minister of Technology to what extent his Department is contributing towards promoting exchange programmes between younger scientists and technicians in the United Kingdom and their counterparts in member states of the European Economic Community; and, in view of the fact that it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to support a European Technological Community, if he is satisfied with the extent of the United Kingdom contribution in this matter; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Robert Edwards

asked the Minister of Technology in what way, by financial and other means, his Department encourages industrial and scientific organisations to sponsor an exchange programme of younger scientists and technicians between the United Kingdom and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mr. Benn

Exchanges of this kind take place in various ways, some under schemes receiving Government support; but these are administered by Departments other than MINTECH. I should like to see such exchanges developed with a view to strengthening our technological links with the E.E.C. countries.