Can the hon. Gentleman give a good reason for that answer? Is not it entirely reasonable that where we are spending a considerable amount of public money we should satisfy ourselves that the minimal management-staff relationships exist, that appeals against dismissal are guaranteed and that in the research association to which we contribute tribunals do not give damning indictments of relationships which exist at the present time?
With regard to the wider point, the management of research associations are responsible to their councils and directors. It is a condition of receiving grants that they should be capable of carrying out research programmes effectively, which would not be possible if management-staff relations were poor. With regard to the case about which the hon. Lady and I have corresponded, one has to remember that the principal criterion which may be adopted by a National Insurance tribunal may not always be exactly the same as the criterion which may be adopted by an individual employer and employee.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that this is a more widespread difficulty than his reply would seem to suggest? Will he look into the relationships of the staff and the technical direction of research in some of the larger research associations?