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Science And Technology Act Grants

Volume 888: debated on Wednesday 12 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will list in the Official Report the companies and projects which have received financial assistance under the Science and Technology Act in the last 12 months for which figures are available ; and if he will publish the amounts of the individual grants.

Expenditure by the Department of Industry under the powers contained in the Science and Technology Act is expected to total £45 million in 1974–75. About two-fifths of this is accounted for by the Industrial Research Establishments, and a further £10·2 million by support to ICL's computer development programme. The remainder is distributed between a total of about 350 individual grants and contracts, most of which are small. It would not be practicable, for reasons of commercial confidence, to publish a full list, but a breakdown of the forecast expenditure in 197475 is as follows:

2. TECHNOLOGICAL AND INDUSTRIAL SPONSORSHIP (CLASS IV, VOTE 4)
INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS

Department of Industry Divisions

Industry

Atomic Energy Authority

Universities

Research Associations

Royal Radar Establishment

Pre-production Order Purchases

Minerals, Metals, Electrical Engineering, Plant Process and Industrial Technologies7373281020
Mechanical Engineering1052030112
Computers, Systems and Electronics180
Electronics R&D1,200600
Computer R&D1,20015600
Instruments R&D160
Automation R&D7275
3,4095984555600292

Sub Total

5,260
National Computing Centre (Grant in Aid)1,150
3. SUPPORT TO INTERNAITONAL COMPUTERS (HOLDINGS) LTD. (CLASS IV, VOTE 5)10,200
GRAND TOTAL44,752
The above figures represent gross expenditure.
Receipts on these programmes are expected to total £4,200,000.