HC Deb 08 November 1982 vol 31 cc59-60W
Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Prime Minister how many research requirement committees there are for each Government Department; how many members there are on each committee; and what is the total estimated cost of each committee per annum.

The Prime Minister

Government Departments have a number of methods of seeking external advice on their research programmes, and information is not held centrally on all of them. The following advisory bodies with external members are particularly concerned with advice on research or on the work of research establishments.

Cost to the Sponsor Department 1981–82* Number of external Member 1 April 1982
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Experimental Centres Advisory Committees (20) 0.033 220
Fisheries Research and Development Board 0.001 14
Flood Protection Research Committee 0.008 12
Joint Consultative Organisation for Research and Development in Agriculture and Food 0.107 7
Kew Scientific Advisory Panel 8
National Food Survey Committee 2
Sugar Beet Research and Education Committee 0.003 9
Ministry of Defence
Defence Scientific Advisory Council 0.008 17
Department of Employment
Safety in Mines Research Advisory Board 0.010 15
Department of Energy
Advisory Council on Research and Development for Fuel and Power 0.015 16
Offshore Energy Technology Board 0.007 7
Department of the Environment
Cost to the Sponsor Department, 1981–82* Number of external Members 1 April 1982
Building Research Establishment Advisory Committee 11
Department of Industry
Electronics and Avionics Requirements Board 0.043 8
Materials and Chemicals Requirements Board 0.242 7
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Requirements Board 0.390 12
Metrology and Standards Requirements Board 0.074 12
Textiles and Other Manufactures Requirements Board 0.148 5
Department of Health and Social Security
Research Liaison Groups etc. (15) 76

* to the nearest £1,000.

not available.

Source: returns to Management and Personnel Office.