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Research And Development

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the size of the research and development budget for each year since 1979 and the proportion of this budget spent in developing defence technology.

[holding answer 30 November 1989] : Department of Trade and Industry spend on science and technology since 1979 is as follows:

£ million
1979–80245
1980–81252
1981–82286
1982–83283
1983–84400
1984–85436
1985–86458
1986–87462
1987–88418
11988–89407
1 Estimated.

Notes

(1) Before June 1983 figures relate to Department of Industry.

(2) Source of figures: Cabinet Office annual review of Government funded research and development.

There is no proportion of the budget spent in developing defence technology. Some limited support of research at Ministry of Defence establishments is carried out to promote civil applications of defence technology.