§ Sir R. Russell
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give an account of the work during 1970–71 of promoting research and development for the benefit of developing countries referred to in Supply Estimates, Class II, Vote 6, Subhead E; and what is the programme for 1971–72.
§ Mr. Wood
The purpose of work under this subhead is to gather new knowledge and, by improving techniques, to overcome the problems which impede development. It is planned on a worldwide basis outside the priorities of particular countries or regions, and it covers many disciplines. Agricultural, medical and animal health research have the largest individual shares, but research into fisheries, pesticides and economic and social subjects is also included. There is close co-operation with learned institutions in this country and elsewhere.
The programme for 1971–72 will be along the same lines.