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Industry and Scientific Research

Nature volume 127, pages 393395 (14 March 1931) | Download Citation



THE close relation between the dyestuffs industry and general organic research emphasised in the course of recent Parliamentary debates on the Dyestuffs (Import Regulation) Act was not controverted by those who considered that the Act should be allowed to lapse. On the other hand, doubts as to whether Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd., by which the major proportion of dyestuffs research in Great Britain has been conducted, was doing so much for research as might be expected, and a suggestion that such research was being or might be curtailed, were alleged by certain members as reasons for not voting for a measure which they would otherwise have supported. The report of the Dyestuffs Development Committee, indeed, shows that there has been a slight decrease in the number of research workers employed in the dyestuffs industry between 1920 and 1928. This difference, however, as Major A. G. Church has pointed out, is largely due to the attraction of such research workers into other industries. Apart from this, the figures given in the report are too early to record the full effect of the extension of research activity in this field which has resulted from and only become possible through the pooling of resources following the formation of Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd.

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