This report inquired into:
- the procedure adopted at present when scientific problems arise which are related to war activities and which are outside the scope of the scientific staff of the industry or Government Department concerned
- the proportion of these problems which require some experimental investigation, and the difficulties which are experienced in finding scientific men who can undertake such investigation
- the value to war industries and Government Departments of some simple and regular means of assigning such problems to appropriate scientific men , in addition to the means existing at present
- the extent to which scientific skill and equipment outside the Government service is being used in the war effort, and the means whereby fuller use might be made of the scientific resources (apart from training facilities) of universities, research institutions and technical colleges.