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Research Councils: Finance

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) what the projected (a) total budget and (b) administration costs of each of the research councils is for (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-10; (148914)

(2) what the (a) total expenditure and (b) total administration cost of each of the research councils was in each year since 1997.

The total expenditure and total administration cost of each research council since 1997 is given in the following tables. From 2004-05 all of the research councils have adopted a standard definition for administration costs. Prior to this there were some definitional differences between the research councils. The total expenditure figures for 2007-08 are the budget allocations. Budget allocations for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 have not yet been made.

Table 1: Research councils total expenditure

£ million

AHRC2

BBSRC

EPSRC

ESRC

MRC

NERC

CCLRC3

PPARC3

STFC

1997-98

x

188.7

393.8

66.2

305.2

n/a

145.1

190.3

x

1998-99

x

206.9

390.9

69.3

299.6

214.1

147.2

203.7

x

1999-2000

x

209.1

401.5

72.3

321.8

219.0

144.7

193.2

x

2000-01

x

230.7

430.5

76.9

339.1

238.6

146.3

227.9

x

2001-02

x

248.7

542.1

81.8

372.1

258.5

165.5

226.6

x

2002-03

x

275.8

569.3

88.1

403.3

278.7

167.9

252.6

x

2003-04

x

278.4

470.7

100.0

447.0

312.4

220.1

284.7

x

2004-05

x

302.3

510.4

116.0

447.9

328.8

318.0

307.6

x

2005-06

84.3

326.5

573.4

135.5

525.8

364.2

370.2

337.0

x

2006-07

98.8

386.5

659.2

160.1

551.3

381.1

349.3

338.3

x

2007-081

97.3

410.6

738.2

150.7

552.2

401.0

x

x

609.7

1 2007-08 budget allocations.

2 AHRC became a research council on 1 April 2005.

3 STFC became a research council on 1 April 2007, formed from a merger of CCLRC and PPARC.

Table 2: Research councils administration expenditure

£ million

AHRC2

BBSRC

EPSRC

ESRC

MRC

NERC

CCLRC3

PPARC3

STFC3

1997-98

x

5.9

20.7

3.6

12.8

n/a

15.1

3.1

x

1998-99

x

6.0

20.2

4.0

12.3

11.4

15.5

3.0

x

1999-2000

x

6.2

20.1

3.9

12.7

11.8

15.8

3.3

x

2000-01

x

5.9

19.2

3.9

12.8

12.4

16.0

3.4

x

2001-02

x

6.2

19.3

4.4

13.7

14.3

16.4

3.6

x

2002-03

x

6.3

18.1

4.8

14.5

3.2

17.0

4.3

x

2003-04

x

7.1

19.9

5.4

14.5

3.0

17.4

4.7

x

2004-05

x

8.3

20.7

5.8

16.9

19.7

19.1

6.2

x

2005-06

3.7

9.3

17.1

4.1

16.6

20.9

20.7

6.2

x

2006-07

3.9

10.2

20.2

3.8

16.6

21.7

24.1

6.4

x

2007-081

4.1

11.1

22.1

3.8

18.4

16.2

x

x

8.4

1 Research councils own forecasts.

2 AHRC became a research council on 1 April 2005.

3 STFC became a research council on 1 April 2007, formed from a merger of CCLRC and PPARC.