§ Mr. Rhodes
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science which industries have requested advice or asked to co-operate in the development of oceanographic research; what is his policy regarding the stimulation of such co-operation; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Shirley Williams
Examples of industries which have sought advice of the Natural Environment Research Council and have co-operated in matters related to oceanographic research are sand and gravel, hydrocarbon, transport (shipping), shipbuilding, chemical, aircraft, engineering (including electronics and instrumentation). The Council fosters co-operation with industry wherever that is to mutual112W advantage, e.g. in the study of the geological structure of the United Kingdom Continental Shelf and the development of marine research equipment and instruments.
More detailed information is available in the Council's latest annual report and in the Report on Marine Science and Technology (Cmnd. 3992).