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Non-Departmental Research

Volume 827: debated on Friday 3 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what requirements he imposes regarding the completion of non-departmental research projects which he finances; whether he is satisfied that these requirements are adhered to; whether there is non-productive expenditure; and how much.

Research carried out by persons and institutions financed by my Department must be directed towards the gathering of new knowledge or the development of new techniques, and must be directly related to the needs of developing countries and likely to be of benefit to their social or economic development in the foreseeable future. When a project is approved, a scheme defining the objectives, timetable and budget is issued and the research is required to conform to these specifications. If it does not, the project is discontinued, but I am generally satisfied that research projects financed by my Department do so conform.