asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received with regard to advanced manufacturing technology; and if he will make a statement.
My Department receives advice on a continuing basis from the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Committee, which also has responsibilities towards the Science and Engineering Research Council. The committee has recently provided advice on a number of topics. These included the IT86 report on information technology and the Department's priorities for expenditure on science and technology in the field of manufacturing. The Department's officials also have a continuing dialogue on advance manufacturing technology with a wide range of organisations, including institutions and industrial companies.