§ Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he has received the annual report of the Economic and Social Research Council for 1988–89; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Macgregor
The annual report of the Economic and Social Research Council has been submitted to me under the requirements of the Science and Technology Act 1965, and a copy is being laid before the House today.
I was most interested to read about the council's achievements in a challenging year in which its headquarters moved to Swindon. I was particularly interested to note:
- (a) the continued good progress in improving the communication of its research to a wider audience;
- (b) the establishment of interdisciplinary research centres in micro social change at the university of Essex and in human communication at the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow; and
- (c) the priority given by the council to improved training in research methods.
I congratulate the council on these and its many other achievements and anticipate reading of further progress in next year's report.