HC Deb 22 October 1987 vol 120 cc845-6W
Ms. Richardson

asked the Prime Minister what is (a) the number of Trades Union Congress-nominated members of public bodies and (b) the number of women Trades Union Congress-nominated members of public bodies.

The Prime Minister

This information is not held centrally by the Government and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Ms. Richardson

asked the Prime Minister if she will (a) list the members of the Advisory Committee for Applied Research and Development, (b) the qualifications which led to their appointment, (c) the selection criteria for membership, (d) the number of Trades Union Congress-nominated places and (e) how many Trades Union Congress-nominated members are women.

The Prime Minister

On 20 July, in the White Paper on civil research and development, Cm. 185, the Government announced that the Advisory Council for Applied Research and Development (ACARD) was to be absorbed within a new body, the Advisory Council on Science and Technology (ACOST).

The members of ACOST are:

  • Sir Francis Tombs, FEng, (Chairman), Chairman, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Mr. Andrew Bain, FRSE, Group Economic Adviser, Midland Bank plc
  • Sir John Collyear, FEng, Chairman, Technology Requirements Board
  • Professor Gordon Edge, Chief Executive, Scientific Generics Ltd.
  • Mr. Anthony Gill, BSc, FEng, Chairman, Lucas Industries plc
  • Mr. Eric Hammond, OBE, General Secretary, Electrical, Electronic Telecommunications and Plumbing Union
  • Mr. Terry Harrison, Chairman, Northern Engineering Industries plc
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  • Dr. Graham Hills, FRSC, FRSE, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Leonard Maunder, OBE, FEng, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Mr. David McMurty, Chairman, Renishaw plc
  • Professor Stan Metcalfe, Department of Economics., Manchester University
  • Dr. Dennis Oliver, CBE, FEng, Business Consultancy Professor Sir David Phillips, FRS, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Research Councils
  • Professor Keith Peters, FRCP, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith
  • Sir George Porter, FRS, President of the Royal Society
  • Dr. Charles Reece, FRSC. Director of Research and Technology, Imperial Chemical Industries plc
  • Dr. Alan Rudge, OBE, FEng, FRSA, Director of Research and Technology, British Telecom plc
  • Dr. David Smith, Consultant
  • Professor Desmond Smith, FRS, FRSE, Department of Physics, Heriot Watt University
  • Professor Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, FRS, Chairman, University Grants Committee

ACOST is composed of eminent industrialists and distinguished scientists with widely varying backgrounds to cover all areas of science and technology. All of the members are selected for their personal eminence in their fields, and none is appointed on the nomination of the Trades Union Congress or of any other organisation.

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