§ Mr. Bellingham
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will define the terms of reference of the small firms members on the management boards of defence research establishments.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
Small firms members will participate in the work of the management boards of defence research establishments on the same basis as other external members, serving on an individual basis and not as representatives of their company. They will bring to the boards the benefit of their experience of industry and commerce in general, and of the small firms sector in particular. Their role will be advisory, but they will be encouraged to participate actively in the discussion of the establishment's plans for the future.