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Departmental Research (Expenditure)

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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.

The information is as follows:

YearExpenditure on R and D (£ million)Percentage of Budget (per cent.)
1979–8011·00·442
1980–8114·50·503
1981–829·70·302
1982–839·40·267
1983–8414·30·380
1984–8511·50·287
1985–8613·80·326
1986–8717·00·381
1987–8816·80·351
11988–8919·40·359
1 (Provisional).
With the exception of the science base, all Government R and D is now awarded on a customer-contractor basis. Disaggregation for the years 1983–84 onwards are published in the annual review of Government-funded R and D.