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Volume 931: debated on Tuesday 3 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much money has been allocated in the past year for which figures are available by the Government for research into energy conservation; and what are the organisations receiving State funds for this purpose.

Public expenditure on energy conservation research and development, defined here as excluding the alternative energy sources, totalled about £16 million in 1975–76. This figure includes considerable expenditure in the nationalised industries. Much of this work is carried out by Departments and nationalised industries themselves, but work is also contracted to many other bodies including research associations, research councils, universities and industry.