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Science Budget

Volume 114: debated on Thursday 9 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has allocated the additional £15 million for the science budget in 1987–38, which he announced on 1 April; and if he will make a statement.

Following receipt of advice from the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Research Councils, I am today informing the bodies concerned of the following additions to their allocations for 1987–88.

£ million
Agricultural and Food Research Council1·5
Economic and Social Research Council0·8
Medical Research Council3·8
Natural Environment Research Council0·8
Science and Engineering Research Council7·5
British Museum (Natural History)0·3
The Royal Society0·3
In addition I am allocating a further £1·25 million in 1987–88, from within my programme, to the Natural Environment Research Council to reinforce the important and valuable work of the British Antarctic Survey. Supplementary Estimates for all the above expenditure will be presented in due course.