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Research Council Chair

Volume 229: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what consideration he is giving to having a research scientist as opposed to an industrialist as chairman of the one research council which will be concerned under his proposals with basic science.

Although the new Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council will not be exempt from a responsibility to consider its contribution to wealth creation, I would not wish to rule out the appointment of a suitably qualified research scientist as part-time non-executive chairman of the council.