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Research And Development

Volume 174: debated on Monday 18 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total of the reduction in his Department's expenditure on research and development achieved by taking advantage of the additionality principle when grants have been awarded to United Kingdom universities by the European Economic Community; and if he will make a statement.

None. The European Community's requirements in respect of additionality arise in relation to the structural funds rather than to research and development, and the principle applies to the setting of levels of expenditure by public bodies, including Government Departments, rather than to universities which are private sector bodies.