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Volume 981: debated on Monday 24 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will set up a working party to consider the availability of robots in British manufacturing industry, with a view to funding their production within the United Kingdom.

The Advisory Committee on Research and Development has recently reported to the Government on joining and assembly techniques including the use of robots. The Government are already funding a number of projects relating to the use and production of robots in the United Kingdom. In view of this, I consider a further study unnecessary and that the emphasis should now be on practical application.