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Nuclear Power: Research

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how much his Department and its predecessor has spent on research into nuclear power in the UK in each financial year since 1997-98. (166100)

[holding answer 19 November 2007]: BERR has interest in research into power from nuclear fission and DIUS now has interest in nuclear fusion.

BERR expenditure (excluding spending by the research councils) on nuclear fission research is as follows:

£ million

1997-98

1.0

1998-99

1.6

1999-2000

2.5

2000-01

0.0

2001-02

2.0

2002-03

2.1

2003-04

2.1

2004-05

2.2

2005-06

2.3

2006-07

2.4

Expenditure by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council on nuclear fission research is as follows:

£ million

1997-98

0.04

1998-99

0.08

1999-2000

0.06

2000-01

0.13

2001-02

0.33

2002-03

0.31

2003-04

0.21

2004-05

0.11

2005-06

0.95

2006-07

2.80

Responsibility for funding of nuclear fusion research was transferred from the DTI’s Nuclear Industries Directorate to the Office of Science and Technology in April 2002, and then to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in April 2003. The amount of funding from 1997-98 until 2006-07 is given as follows.

£ million

1997-98

16.6

1998-99

12.6

1999-2000

14.3

2000-01

17.0

2001-02

14.4

2002-03

14.8

2003-04

15.9

2004-05

22.7

2005-06

20.6

2006-07

25.7