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Research Expenditure

Volume 116: debated on Tuesday 12 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 1 April, Official Report, column 509,if he will specify the items included in current road safety research expenditure referred to in that answer; and if he will make a statement on levels of research expenditure for future years, following his recent review.

The road safety research budget for 1987–88 has been increased by £100,000, bringing the allocated budget on road safety research to £5,914,000. The extra funds will be used to expand our existing programmes, particularly in motorcycle safety. This is the first step towards the major expansion of the road safety research budget recommended by the interdepartmental review of road safety— which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport sent to the chairman of the Transport Committee last week. A copy is in the Library.I am still considering the appropriate level of expenditure for subsequent years. I am writing to my hon. Friend.