The scientific members of the conamittee are:
The two Joint Secretaries of the Royal Society, one of whom is my hon. Friend the Junior Burgess of Cambridge University (Prof. A. V. Hill) and the other Professor A. C. G. Egerton.
Sir Edward Appleton—Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
Sir Edward Mellanby—Secretary of the Medical Research Council.
Dr. W. W. C. Topley—Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council.
The functions of the committee are:
It was never intended that the committee should usurp the functions of the scientific and technical advisers of Departments, and the appointment of these three Scientific Advisers to the staff of a new Ministry of Production in no way affects the scope or the responsibilities of the committee. The committee will naturally consult with the Scientific Advisers to the
Minister of Production upon matters which fall within their province.
I have sometimes wished that Departments would make more use of the services of this committee. It has, in fact, been of great assistance to the Government as a whole and to Departments.
I am not sure whether my hon. Friend is not referring to the advisers of the Ministry of Production. They are individuals appointed to advise a Department. Every Department whose work involves the use of scientific knowledge has always had its own staff of scientific advisers and has access as necessary to outside advice.