§ Mr. Sims
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what consultations he has held concerning the proposal to move the Laboratory of the Government Chemist to West Cumbria; whether the change of location will affect the extent to which his Department uses the Laboratory's services; and what proportion of samples sent to the Laboratory by his Department would continue to be sent there after the move to the new location has been effected.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
Consultations concerning the proposal to move the Laboratory of the Government Chemist to West Cumbria have taken place, and will continue, with the major users of the Laboratory's services, with West Cumbrian local authorities and with the Staff Side of the Department.
The Department of Industry is not a major user of the Laboratory's services, and the change of location is not expected to affect the extent of that usage.