HL Deb 14 May 1987 vol 487 cc818-9WA
Lord Kennet

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they intend to make available to the United States Strategic Defence Initiative Organisation, or any other part of the United States Armed Forces, the results of research under the Molecular Electronics Research Initiative Project.

Lord Lucas of Chilworth

The Department of Trade and Industry and the Science and Engineering Research Council are considering the establishment of a programme of collaborative research in molecular electronics. An announcement may be made in due course.

If such a programme proceeds, then any intellectual property arising will be owned by the industrial companies carrying out the work. The exploitation of this intellectual property will therefore not normally be a matter for Government.