Oral Answers to Questions — Research Bodies (Reports)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Edward Salt Mr Edward Salt , Birmingham, Yardley 12:00 am, 1st March 1945

asked the Lord President of the Council, in view of the fact that no reports have been issued by the Medical or Agricultural Research Councils or Department of Scientific and Industrial Research for the past five years, what steps it is intended to take to issue reports as soon as possible dealing with such of their activities during the war as can be published without security objection; when it is anticipated that such reports will be available; and whether they will be provided at a price which will ensure for them a wide sale.

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I assume that the hon. Member's Question refers to the annual reports of these bodies. Although it has been necessary, owing to war conditions to suspend publication of reports not of direct importance to the war effort, including these annual reports, the hon. member will be aware that a large number of very notable reports have been issued by these bodies during the war. Other Reports will be published as soon as security and other considerations permit, and the form in which such publication can best be made is now being reviewed. I am glad to assure the hon. Member that I see no reason why such reports should not be published after the war as they were before at very reasonable prices which put them within the reach of anyone likely to be interested.