The Ministry of Technology represents an entirely new approach to the interaction of Government and industry. On its formation, Mintech was given the task of ‘guiding and stimulating a major national effort to bring advanced technology and new processes into British industry’. What has happened is that the old idea has been abandoned that science should be kept at arm's length from the main Government machine in order to preserve the integrity of research. The task is now seen as one of bringing industry and the Government research establishments together, in order to get the best possible cross‐fertilization and market orientation: ‘we now regard science and technology as being in industrial policy right up to the neck’.
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