Industrial Competitiveness

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 2:22 pm on 12th July 1995.

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Photo of Mr Ian Lang Mr Ian Lang , Galloway and Upper Nithsdale 2:22 pm, 12th July 1995

I can certainly reassure my hon. Friend that, by placing responsibility for these matters entirely with my hon. Friend the Member for Esher (Mr. Taylor), who will be the Minister with responsibility for science and technology, I am clearly signalling the specific and separate importance that I attach to science in its own right and as an adjunct to the Department of Trade and Industry, where so much benefit can be derived for industry. My hon. Friend the Member for Elmet (Mr. Batiste) will be reassured when we are able to let him have more details on the future of the Office of Science and Technology, the technology foresight programme and other projects with which the Government are associated. I think that he will find that his answer is satisfactory.