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Link Schemes

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the proportion of outturn expenditure on each link scheme met by industrial and private sector sponsorship.

A total of 24 link programmes have been announced so far. The financial arrangements for link programmes are standard in that Government outturn expenditure in all cases is 50 per cent. of gross incurred project costs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will list the programmed and outturn expenditure for each link scheme in each year of operation;(2) what is the programmed public expenditure provision for link schemes in each full year the scheme has existed, together with the actual outturn expenditure in each year; and what is the second figure as a percentage of the first.

Whilst 24 link programmes have been announced, most of the 65 current research projects under way have become active only within the last 12 months. For example, on 6 April 1989 there were only 12 active research projects, whereas by 29 May 1990 the number had risen to 65. In addition, on 29 May 1990 a further 57 were through all stages of technical approval and were awaiting final financial clearance, or the Department was waiting for the industrial partners satisfactorily to conclude crucial collaborative agreements. Two other factors complicate providing detailed outturn expenditure figures for the two financial years April 1988 to March 1989 and April 1989 to March 1990. First, there are now six Government Departments and four research councils funding link programmes and they all have their own procedures and protocols. Secondly, industrial grants are paid in arrears, that is, after costs have been incurred, and particularly in the early days of a project claims may not be submitted for up to 12 months after the work has taken place. The outturn for the financial year 1988–89 was therefore a nominal figure. The outturn for the financial year 1989–90 has been provisionally estimated at £7 million, and was announced at a link press briefing on June 13 1990. It is not considered practical to provide detailed outturn figures for each link programme until the end of the financial year 1990–91.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list all link schemes so far established, together with the participating companies and academic institutions.

The first five link programmes were announced on 3 February 1988. Since then a further 19 programmes have been launched. The programmes are listed in the table:

  • Molecular Electronics
  • Advanced Semiconductor Materials
  • Industrial Measurement Systems
  • Eukaryotic Genetic Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotransformations
  • Personal Communications
  • Selective Drug Delivery and Targeting
  • Construction Maintenance and Refurbishment
  • Food Processing Sciences
  • Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Optoelectronic Systems
  • Design of High Speed Machinery
  • Structural Composites
  • Protein Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • New Catalysts and Catalytic Processes
  • Power Electronic Devices and Derived Systems
  • Control of Plant Metabolism
  • Molecular Sensors
  • Technology for Analytical and Physical Measurement
  • Transport Infrastructure and Operations
  • Asymmetric Synthesis
  • Crops for Industrial Use
A total of 140 companies are now involved in the 65 research projects already active and of these 37 are small or medium-sized companies (indicated in the list by an asterisk). Following the list of companies involved in link projects are lists of the 40 scientific institutes involved.

  • AB Electronics
  • Advanced Ultrasonics Technologies Ltd.*
  • AEA Technology
  • Aerial Facilities
  • Aircraft Research Association
  • Air-Log
  • Allied Breweries
  • ALMA Enterprises*
  • Amersham International
  • AMT RI
  • APV
  • ASEA-Brown Boveri
  • Austin Rover
  • BAe Dynamics Ltd.
  • BAFF
  • Banbdley Chipware*
  • BASS
  • Beaconsfield Instruments*
  • Beecham
  • Boots
  • Brewing Research Foundation
  • British Aerospace
  • British Biotechnology*
  • British Petroleum
  • British Telecom Research Laboratories
  • Campden FDRA*
  • Camtex
  • Cannon Electronics*
  • Celltech*
  • Chell*
  • Chloride Power Electronic
  • Ciba-Geigy
  • CMB
  • Cortina Electric Co.*
  • Courtaulds
  • CPS Ltd.*
  • Cray Instruments
  • Customs Interconnect Ltd.
  • Davis Decade Ltd.
  • DCL
  • De Beers Industrial Diamonds
  • Design Technologies Ltd.
  • Dynamic Imaging
  • Edwards HV Ltd.
  • Eli Lilly
  • Ensignma Ltd.*
  • Enzymatix*
  • Express Foods
  • Farnell Instruments
  • FMBRA*
  • Fords
  • Foxboro Ltd.
  • Framatome
  • GEC-Marconi Research Ltd.
  • GEC-Plessey Telecommunications Ltd.
  • GKN Technology Ltd.
  • Glaxo
  • Guinness
  • Harwell Ltd.
  • Heinz
  • IBM (UK) Ltd.
  • ICI
  • ICL Material Research Centre
  • IFTEL Automation
  • International Biosynthetics
  • International Rectifier (GB) Ltd.
  • Ledatech Ltd.*
  • LEE Colourtran Ltd.
  • Logitech Ltd.*
  • Lucas Aerospace Ltd.
  • Lucas Automotive AEC
  • Lyons Bakeries
  • Lyons-Tetley
  • M4 Data Ltd.
  • Manor Bakeries
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Marling Lighting*
  • MK Electric Ltd.
  • Neotronics Ltd.*
  • Orbitel Oxford Applied Research*
  • Oxford Lasers Ltd.*
  • Palmer Environmental Service Ltd.*
  • Pedifree Petfoods
  • PERA*
  • Pfizer
  • PG Associates*
  • Philips
  • Pilkington plc
  • Polkinghorne
  • Queensgate Instruments*
  • Quest International*
  • Rank Cintel
  • Rank Hovis McDougall
  • Rank Taylor Hobson
  • Reckitt and Coleman
  • REOSC
  • Rhone-Poulenc
  • Rosita
  • Royal Mint
  • Sandvick Ltd.
  • SB Electronics Ltd.*
  • SBP
  • Schlumberger
  • SCIMAT
  • Sealant Manufacturers Consortium
  • Securis Ltd.*
  • Semilab Ltd.*
  • Shell
  • SIFAM*
  • Simon Containers Ltd.
  • Smiths Industries
  • Solid State Induction Ltd.*
  • Sonomatic Ltd.
  • Spillers
  • Spriex Sarco
  • STC
  • Strand Lighting
  • T & N Technology Ltd.
  • Taywood Engineering Ltd.
  • Tealgate
  • Texas Instruments Ltd.
  • Thorn-EMI
  • Thurlby-Thander Ltd.*
  • Toshiba (JAPAN)
  • Transfer Technology*
  • UK Corrugated Ltd.
  • UK Dairy Industry Research Policy Committee
  • UKDIRPAC
  • Unilever Research
  • Valemite Ltd.
  • Verson HME Ltd.
  • Vesper Thornycroft Ltd.
  • VG Analytical
  • VG Ionex
  • Vickers Defence System Ltd.
  • Vickers Laboratories
  • Vision Dynamics
  • Watney Mann & Truman
  • Wellcome
  • Westland Aerostructures
  • Westland Defence Systems Ltd.
  • Whitbread
  • York Ltd.*

Universities

  • Bath
  • Birmingham
  • Bradford
  • Bristol
  • Brunel
  • Dundee
  • Durham
  • Edinburgh
  • Exeter
  • Glasgow
  • Heriot-Watt
  • Hull
  • Imperial College, London
  • Kent
  • Kings College, London
  • Lancaster
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Loughborough
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Salford
  • Southampton
  • Strathclyde
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Swansea
  • UMIST
  • UWIST
  • Wales
  • Warwick

Science Base (other)

  • AFRC Institute of Food Research (Reading)
  • AFRC Institute of Food Research (Norwich)
  • Cranfield Institute of Technology
  • ERA Technology Ltd
  • Kingston Polytechnic
  • Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Oxford Polytechnic