HC Deb 17 October 1975 vol 897 cc840-1W
Mr. Normanton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will make a statement on the workings of the Research and Development Requirements Boards.

Mr. Gregor Mackenzie

My Department's Research and Development Requirements Boards are now directing the Department's research and development work to programmes that have specific industrial applications, involving industry directly in the work whenever possible; they are also formulating research and development strategies for their industrial sectors in consultation with industry. The boards are placing increasing emphasis on the application of known technologies, particularly in those industries that are not users of advanced technology.

Information on the boards' work is contained in their second Annual Reports covering 1974–75, a copy of which is in the House of Commons Library.

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