§ Mr Chapman
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he is now in a position to announce the results of his further evaluation of the need for a management board for the Building Research Establishment.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
I have now reviewed this matter, paying particular attention to the advice received by my predecessor from the research working party of the economic development committees for building and civil engineering. I concur in the conclusion that there should be a group of independent advisers who can, in particular, help in the development of the establishment's programme and the effective communication and application of its results for the benefit of the construction industries and other users. I propose to achieve this objective by appointing a panel of Visitors, chosen from industry, the professions and the academic world and linked closely to the research departments of the establishment rather than through establishing a formal board.