HC Deb 16 June 1993 vol 226 c560W
Dr. Moonie

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to draw up a concordat of co-operation between his Department and the Natural Environment Research Council.

Mr. Yeo

As the recent White Paper "Realising Our Potential: A Strategy for Science and Technology" makes clear, a new system of research councils will come into effect on 1 April 1994. The Government have proposed that each of these new research councils should work with the Government Departments with which they have a significant policy connection to draw up and publish concordats.