Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (Expansion)

Oral Answers to Questions — Research – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th December 1953.

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Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East 12:00 am, 15th December 1953

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, to what extent Her Majesty's Government intend to allow the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research to expand their existing plans for research.

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8th December to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Marylebone (Sir W. Wakefield)and to the hon. Member for Newton (Mr. Lee).

Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that every possible encouragement should be given to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research?

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

Yes, Sir, and on the basis of the new programme there will be a considerable expansion during the next five years.

Photo of Sir Eric Fletcher Sir Eric Fletcher , Islington East

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the Department is satisfied with the Minister's recent announcement?

Photo of Mr Reginald Bevins Mr Reginald Bevins , Liverpool Toxteth

Yes, Sir. I understand so.