9.In order to favour the utilization of the mineral wealth with which the Province is endowed, and the establishment in Québec of plants for processing same, the Gouvernement may authorize the Minister to establish laboratories for research in mineralogy and metallurgy, whose function shall be as follows:
(a) to help mining and metallurgical enterprises to perfect the processes and techniques of extracting, transforming, and utilizing ores;
(b) to encourage the studies and scientific research conducive to the invention of processes or techniques useful for the working and preparation of certain ores;
(c) to study the means of securing the most profitable results from ores and from the by-products deriving from their transformation;
(d) to provide small industries with the services of laboratories which their financial means do not permit them to establish;
(e) in general to pursue any other scientific or technical research work which the Minister may deem advantageous for the progress of the mining and metallurgical industry.