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Research Budget

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the Department’s budget was spent on researching new technologies in the last period for which figures are available. (76811)

For the latest Government-wide figures on the percentage of Government expenditure researching new technologies, I refer to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick) on 21 June 2006 showing R and D expenditure broken down by department for 2003-04. The Home Office figure in that table did not separately identify or estimate the research expenditure on new technologies from the Government services category. Overall the table shows the Home Office spent 0.64 per cent. of its budget on R and D work in 2003-04.

Further breakdowns on planned expenditure on Science and Technology, in the Home Office and its agencies are set out in our latest Science and Innovation strategy 2005-08 available on the Home Office website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/science-strategy. pdf?view=Binary

Analysis of net Government R & D expenditure by primary purpose and department: 2003-04

Primary purpose A1: General support (£ million)

As percentage of total department budget

Primary purpose B2: Government services (£ million)

As percentage of total department budget

Primary purpose C3: Policy support (£ million)

As percentage of total department budget

Civil departments

DEFRA

16.9

0.33

6.0

0.12

128.8

2.52

DfES

17.0

3.23

33.8

6.42

ODPM

0.3

0.01

3.2

0.07

26.9

0.61

DfT

0.1

0.00

10.6

0.16

41.0

0.61

DH (includes NHS)

2.8

0.00

557.6

0.95

31.4

0.05

DWP (formerly DSS)

12.1

0.01

6.4

0.01

HSC

14.1

7.24

HO

42.2

0.56

5.7

0.08

DCMS (formerly DNH)

6.2

0.22

0.8

0.03

7.4

0.26

DFID (formerly ODA)

214.9

5.49

0.0

0.00

DTI

(ex OST)

15.7

0.39

NI departments

1.6

0.01

19.1

0.16

SE (formerly SO)

17.5

0.13

52.2

0.38

20.5

0.15

NAW (formerly WO)

4.5

0.07

18.1

0.28

8.5

0.13

FSA

n/a

Other departments

1.3

0.00

13.3

0.04

11.4

0.04

Total

49.7

0.03

949.5

0.55

370.8

0.23

MOD

2,676.6

8.92

Total

3,597.5

1.58

3,733.9

1.64

421.6

0.19

Primary purpose D4: Technology support (£ million)

As percentage of total department budget

Total R & D (£ million)

As percentage of total department budget

Civil departments

DEFRA

29.2

0.57

181.0

3.55

DfES

1.2

0.23

52.0

9.88

ODPM

30.4

0.69

DfT

7.1

0.11

58.8

0.88

DH (includes NHS)

1.1

0.00

593.0

1.01

DWP (formerly DSS)

18.4

0.02

HSC

14.1

7.24

HO

48.0

0.64

DCMS (formerly DNH)

15.2

0.54

DFID (formerly ODA)

214.9

5.49

DTI (ex OST)

455.0

11.34

470.8

11.73

NI departments

20.6

0.18

SE (formerly SO)

38.3

0.28

128.5

0.93

NAW (formerly WO)

31.1

0.47

FSA

n/a

Other departments

4.2

0.01

30.2

0.09

Total

537.0

0.31

1,907.1

1.11

MOD

2,676.6

8.92

Total

610.4

0.27

8,363.4

3.68

n/a = not applicable.

1 Primary Purpose A, general support for research-all basic and applied R & D which advances knowledge for its own sake; support for postgraduate research studentships (PhDs).

2 Primary Purpose B, Government services-R & D relevant to any aspect of Government service provision (all defence included here).

3 Primary Purpose C, policy support-R & D which Government funds to inform policy (excluding ppB and ppD) and for monitoring developments of significance for the welfare of the population.

4 Primary Purpose D, technology support-applied R & D that advances technology underpinning the UK economy (but excluding defence). The category includes strategic as well as applied research, and pre-competitive research under schemes such as LINK.

Source:

ONS Government R & D Survey