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Energy Research

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what proportion of resources directed to research in the fields of energy were allocated to nuclear and to non-nuclear matters, respectively, in the last two years; and which are expected to be so allocated in each year to 1989.

Department of Enegy expenditure on non-nuclear research and development from 1974 to 1979 amounted to £61 million. From 1979 to 1987 it has amounted to £372 million. Comparisons with research and development expenditure on nuclear power which supplies over a fifth of our electricity would not be meaningful.

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the amount and the proportion of the resources devoted to energy research which has been or will be provided for coal technology. energy efficiency, renewable resources to matters relating to onshore and offshore oil and gas; how spending on those matters compares with that devoted to research relating to nuclear waste disposal over the period 1980 to 1987; and what figures are projected for 1987–89.