§ Mr. Raymond Fletcher
asked the Minister of Technology (1) if he will establish a commission, similar in composition and terms of reference to the United States Commission on the Year 2000, details of which have been sent to him, to help co-ordinate technological and social advance;
(2) if he will seek a liaison with those United States institutions engaged on the study of futures, details of which have been sent to him, such as the Institute for the Future at Wesleyan University, Connecticut.
§ Mr. Benn
The questions studied by the bodies referred to fall most directly within the area of responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science who replied to my right hon. Friend on 25th July. I am now considering ways in which my Department's work on future policy in the long run might be extended.