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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 Education and Science 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.

The Department's expenditure through the science budget, which funds the research councils, is planned to be £675 million in 1987–88. It is estimated that a further £710 million will be spent in 1987–88 on research in universities from UGC grants and tuition fee income. In addition, the Department has a small budget — £13 million in 1987–88—from which it commissions research into educational matters.