Scientific Research Workers

Oral Answers to Questions — Industrial Reconversion – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West 12:00 am, 22nd March 1945

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that many scientists are concerned about the Report of the Committee on Higher Appointments set up by him in July, 1943, fearing that the proposed new appointments department will, in effect, limit the freedom of research workers in pure science; and if he will give an assurance that research workers, after the war, will be free to choose where they will work and on what subjects they will carry out their research.

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I am not aware of any such concern. If my hon. Friend has in mind the end of the European war, I would refer him to the Government's proposals set out in Cmd. 6568. I am not in a position to say what the Government's policy will be after the defeat of Japan. In any case my hon. Friend can be assured that my Scientific Advisory Committee will be consulted before questions of policy are determined.