Co-operative Research in Industry


    IN reply to a question from Lord Barnby in the House of Lords on August 1, Lord Templemore reaffirmed the great importance attached by the Government to co-operative research as a means of developing to the full the use of the industrial resources of Great Britain, a vigorous export trade and a higher standard of living. While the Cotton Industry Research Association, which receives a substantial contribution from the Cotton Board, set up under the Cotton Industry Act, is the only research association which is not supported solely by voluntary contributions or voluntary levies, apart from the Government grant, recently several industries, including the wool industry, have expressed themselves in favour of statutory powers of one sort or another, including the collection of money for research by means of a levy on the whole industry, and research associations are now much more inclined to welcome an enabling bill. Lord Templemore said he was authorized to state that the Government will be prepared to consider 'sympathetically the introduction of enabling legislation for this purpose, if there is sufficient demand for it from industry, and that the matter will be discussed with industry in the coming months in connexion with post-war plans. The Government would also wish to be satisfied whether there are other proper objects connected with the furtherance of the export trade or of industry's efficiency generally for which a statutory power to collect money might be desirable.

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    Co-operative Research in Industry. Nature 154, 205 (1944).

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