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Research And Development

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much Government funding has been provided for research and development spending in the private sector in each Northern Ireland constituency over the last five years. [112352]

Government funding in Northern Ireland to the private sector for research and development is channelled mainly through Invest NI. Since 1998–99, some £37,757,019 has been provided by Invest NI (and prior to its formation in 2002 by its predecessor bodies) to support research and development activities in the private sector. This is detailed by constituency in the following table. This funding has been made available against total commitments over the period by Invest NI (and its predecessor bodies) of some £62,735,441, and has primarily been aimed at supporting commercially focussed research projects and the development of an improved research infrastructure.

Total Spend
Parliamentary Constituency1998–991999–20002000–012001–022002–03Grand Total
Upper Bann574,328303,860199,97971,070474,9191,624,156
West Tyrone184,034320,035240,697160,208289,5211,194,495
Grand Total12,693,2887,042,8615,225,2515,777,1747,041,445137,780,019
1Includes £23,000 Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure funding