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Volume 176: debated on Friday 13 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what provision is made to cover the overheads of academic research projects funded by the research councils; and what assessment he has made of the adequacy of these provisions in covering real overhead costs.

Under the dual support system, the overhead costs of projects funded by the research councils at universities are met from the universities' general funds.It is for the Universities Funding Council to advise Government on the adequacy of the public funding it receives and distributes to the universities in the form of block grants in support of research and teaching.