asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 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's planned expenditure on research and development in 1987–88, on a full cost basis, is £111·4 million. Of this total, £58·8 million will be commissioned under the Rothschild principles with outside contractors, primarily the Agricultural and Food Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, the food industry's research associations, and the universities.The main areas of research comprise:
|Agriculture and horticulture||39·8|
|Protection of the aquatic environment||0·3|
|River and coastal engineering||2·0|