HC Deb 11 July 2002 vol 388 cc1083-4W
16. Mr. Luke

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking to encourage technology transfer from academic institutions to industry. [66383]

Ms Hewitt

The Government's two White Papers, "Excellence and Opportunity", published in July 2000, and "Opportunity for All", published in February 2001, set out our science and innovation policy for the 21st century, and include a comprehensive range of measures to help promote technology and knowledge transfer between academia and industry. We are making excellent progress in this area.

We are considering, as part of the Government's spending review, how to further develop these initiatives to build on universities' potential as drivers of growth in the knowledge economy.