HC Deb 10 March 1981 vol 1000 cc294-5W
Mrs. Renée

Short asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he plans to amalgamate the National Enterprise Board and the National Research Development Corporation; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Michael Marshall

We have no immediate plans to do so. In his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Nantwich (Sir N. Bonsor) on 26 January my right hon. Friend explained that he has asked Sir Frederick Wood, chairman of the NEB as well as of the NRDC, to explore the scope for bringing the two organisations closer together.