Foresight Programme

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1997.

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Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 12:00 am, 18th December 1997

My hon. Friend is entirely right—those issues do need to be addressed. We are engaging in public consultation on them, but we believe it vital that there should be a wide spread of information and sensibly encouraged thorough debate. People must be aware of the impact of the decisions that can be made, and of the market potential for creative British scientists and companies.