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Departmental Research (Expenditure)

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total identifiable expenditure on research by his Department in each year since 1979; what proportion was awarded on a customer-contractor basis; and what proportion of his total departmental budget was expended on research for each year.

Research and development by the Department of Health, all of which is managed on the customer-contractor principle, is funded through the research budgets for health and personal social services, procurement directorate, national health service information technology and building and engineering.For 1988–89, the latest year for which out-turn figures are available, the total such expenditure was £15·8 million, forming 0·086 per cent. of total Department of Health expenditure.Available information for earlier years has been published in the Cabinet Office Annual Review of Government Funded Research and Development.