§ Lord Kennet
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether having recognised the need to coordinate marine science and technology with the appointment of the new committee under the chairmanship of Sir John Mason, they will now establish a permanent Cabinet Committee under the chairmanship of a senior Cabinet Minister to co-ordinate maritime policy.
§ The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Belstead)
There continue to be four standing committees of the Cabinet: a Defence and Oversea Policy Committee and an Economic Strategy Committee under the chairmanship of my right honourable friend the Prime Minister; and a Home and Social Affairs Committee and a Legislation Committee under the chairmanship of my right honourable friend the Lord President of the Council. Attendance at these committees will vary according to the subject under discussion. Sub-committees of the standing committees will be continued or established as appropriate. Membership and terms of reference of the standing committees and their sub-committees will remain confidential.