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Agricultural Research And Development

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how much Government money was allocated to agricultural research and development in Scotland during 1979; what were the corresponding figures for the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

The sums paid for the years in question to the eight Scottish agricultural research institutes funded by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland and for the research and development work carried out at the three Scottish agricultural colleges and at the Department's Agricultural Scientific Services Station are as shown in the following table. As the colleges and the Department's Scientific Services Station carry out work other than research and development, these figures are approximate.

YearCurrent expenditureCapital expenditureTotal £ million
1978–7914·41·916·3
1977–7813·01·714·7
1976–7711·91·513·4
1975–7610·81·512·3
1974–758·51·29·7
1973–746·41·37·7
1972–735·51·57·0
1971–724·81·05·8
1970–714·10·95·0
1969–703·30·63·9
1968–693·00·53·5