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Research And Development

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is his Department's planned expenditure on research and development for 1987–88; and what are the main areas of research selected by his Department under the Rothschild principles of the customer-contractor relationship.

My Department plans to spend £29·803 million gross (£27·537 million net) on research and development in 1987–88. The main areas of research are highways, road and marine safety, land transport, prevention of marine pollution, and work on repayment for the Overseas Development Administration of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. All research undertaken by my Department is commissioned under the Rothschild principles of the customer-contractor relationship.