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Advanced Technology (Seminars)

Volume 974: debated on Wednesday 21 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what seminars he has organised on advanced technology and where; what is the estimated cost of these seminars; who has been invited to them; and if he will publish the papers used in connection with the seminars.

The Department has organised a wide range of seminars on advanced technology. These include the National Engineering Laboratory's continuing programme of training and education with industrial engineers as the audience. Recent topics have included computer-aided design and manufacture, automated small batch production, and flow measurement. Seminars on microelectronics have been held, including a presentation by MIT to an audience of industrialists, and the programme of awareness workshops held by the Department's regional offices for audiences of senior industrial decision-makers.During the current fortnight a series of seminars reviewing the technological policies of France and West Germany is being given to senior industrialists in major centres.In the majority of cases the direct costs of the events are covered by charges, including publication, where appropriate, of conference proceedings.