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Spinks Report

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 6 February 1980

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Mrs. Renée Short asked the Prime Minister if she will list the members of the working party under Dr. Alfred Spinks set up at the beginning of 1979 to inquire into biotechnological research; when she expects to receive the report of the working party; and if she will publish this in full.

The members of the joint working party on biotechnology set up by the Advisory Council for Applied Research and Development, the Advisory Board for the Research Councils and the Royal Society were:Dr. A. Spinks, CBE, FRS (


Formerly Director of Research, Imperial Chemical Industries, Second Deputy Chairman of ACARD and member of the ABRC.

Sir William Henderson, FRS ( Deputy Chairman)

Chairman of the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Group and formerly Secretary to the Agricultural Research Council.

Sir Austin Bide

Chairman, Glaxo Holdings Ltd., and Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Research and Technology Committee.

Sir Arnold Burgen, FRS

Director, National Institute for Medical Research.

Professor J. F. Davidson, FRS

Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Professor B.S. Hartley, FRS

Professor of Biochemistry, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.

Professor A.. W. Johnson, FRS

Professor of Chemistry, University of Sussex and Board Member of the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC).

I expect to receive the report of the joint working party shortly, and I hope to be able to publish it in full.