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Science, Engineering And Technology

Volume 548: debated on Tuesday 27 July 1993

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Why they have decided, given the "widely perceived contrast between our excellence in science and technology and our relative weakness in exploiting them to economic advantage", that "steps should be taken which …will help" to bring "that strength in science and engineering …into closer …contact with those responsible for industrial and commercial decisions", rather than to bring the latter into closer contact with the former, White Paper on Science Policy (paragraphs 1.13 and 1.16 of Cm 2250).

The White Paper on Science, Engineering and Technology aims to bring the science and engineering base—of which the Government is the main funder—into closer contact with industry (paragraph 1.16). But it also encourages interaction between industry and all providers of science and technology, as is made clear in the Industry Department mission statements which the White Paper contains (page 9).