HL Deb 21 February 2005 vol 669 cc178-9WA
Baroness Perry of Southwark

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 January (WA 183), what practical steps they have taken to facilitate the development of a strategic vision for the construction industry, particularly with regard to Sir John Fairclough's recommendation that they provide pump-priming funding to facilitate the creation of a prioritised agenda for construction research and development. [HL1247]

Lord Sainsbury of Turville

The DTI has provided significant resources (around £480,000 to date) to facilitate the industry's development of nCRISP (the new Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel) formulated in 2002 under the aegis of the Strategic Forum for Construction.

nCRISP was a direct response to Sir John's recommendation for a revitalised panel able strategically to review and plan strategic research and development objectives.

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