§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will make a statement on the response of companies and trade unions to his invitation to study the NEDO working party reports.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
My right hon. Friend wrote to about 250 company chairmen asking them to discuss the implications of the reports with those who work in their companies, and to 50 trade union secretaries asking them to ensure that their members participated fully in the strategy work.
I am very gratified by the response. The overwhelming majority of chairmen and secretaries who have so far replied have expressed a strong desire to see the strategy succeed. Many letters raise constructive points to which my Department is giving careful attention.