As I informed the hon. Member in reply to his Question of 19th March, substantial increases are envisaged in the expenditure of the Agricultural and Medical Research Councils and of the Nature Conservancy and of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research on grants for biological research during the coming year. The Advisory Council made clear in its Report that many of the matters touched on by the Royal Society Committee call for action within the universities. Matters of organisation will be further considered in the light of the findings of the Committee on the Organisation of Civil Science.
The hon. Gentleman may say that it is not a static situation. But he knows full well that in the Report —[HON. MEMBERS: "Question."] Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in the Report the amount stated to be the minimal requirement is double the amount of money for biological research? Is it the intention of the Government to double the amount of money and increase the number of posts and to carry out not merely the money requirements but all the other requirements referred to in the Report, which was a devastating exposure of the inadequacy of biological research in this country?
As I told the House, expenditure by the bodies for which my noble Friend is responsible has been increasing. The hon. Gentleman will be aware of the increased grants being made to universities which were announced only last week. Regarding the second part of the hon. Gentleman's Question, this is an independent Report by scientists who are responsible to themselves, and it is not incumbent on the Government to support their recommendations in every particular.