HC Deb 18 June 1973 vol 858 c5W
35. Mr. Darling

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps designed to maintain an adequate research and development organisation for the British graphite industry following the decision of British Acheson Electrodes Ltd. to transfer its research work to its parent company in the United States of America, the Union Carbide Corporation, in view of the dominant position of British Acheson Electrodes in the supply of graphite for nuclear power plants, are furnace electrodes for the steel industry, and in the production of chlorine.

Mr. Chataway

I am satisfied that the graphite industry is aware of the need for adequate research and development. I have no information to suggest that changes in the internal arrangements of British Acheson Electrodes Ltd. will adversely affect this.