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Research: Finance

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much of the £1 billion announced on the publication of the Sainsbury Review to be spent on business, innovation and technology development is additional spending not previously announced. (166878)

The Technology Strategy Board will develop and lead a strategic programme worth £1 billion over the next three years (the upcoming CSR period), in partnership with the research councils and the regional development agencies (RDA). This includes £180 million which will be earmarked by the RDAs and £120 million by the research councils to spend jointly on activities with the TSB. The £1 billion is all new money not previously announced.

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what public spending on research and development was (a) in real terms and (b) as a share of gross domestic product in each year since 1992, broken down by (i) region and (ii) county; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent figures for the private sector over the same period. (167214)

[holding answer 26 November 2007]: Gross expenditure on research and development data is only available at a national level. It is therefore not possible to produce real or percentage of GDP estimates by region split by private and public expenditure. Business expenditure as a percentage of GDP is, however, available at a regional level (but not at a county level). The following tables shows business expenditure on research and development by region (in real terms, 2006 prices).

Business Enterprise research and expenditure by region

£ million in real terms (2006 prices)

United Kingdom

England

North East

North West

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

1992

11,591

1993

12,059

11,531

183

1,158

318

1,093

997

1994

12,050

11,405

382

1,552

349

811

833

1995

12,057

11,494

304

1,436

369

813

877

1996

11,895

11,267

242

1,494

356

908

804

1997

11,879

11,276

201

1,438

317

880

804

1998

12,286

11,602

216

1,474

348

940

858

1999

13,432

12,606

195

1,754

367

996

860

2000

13,487

12,687

192

1,700

356

1,093

675

2001

13,707

12,755

136

1,778

341

1,024

841

2002

13,836

12,854

138

1,778

373

1,079

858

2003

13,671

12,774

164

1,666

372

936

872

2004

13,294

12,419

270

1,825

360

982

795

2005

13,681

12,699

297

1,945

354

1,029

739

2006

14,306

13,361

293

1,627

386

977

933

£ million in real terms (2006 prices)

Eastern England

London

South East

South West

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

1992

1993

356

1,361

5,345

718

155

320

54

1994

635

721

5,136

988

157

409

79

1995

2,677

1,165

2,871

983

127

356

81

1996

2,723

934

2,894

912

138

386

105

1997

2,960

829

2,903

942

140

362

101

1998

2,870

780

3,027

1,089

152

434

98

1999

3,041

874

3,466

1,054

241

467

118

2000

3,232

949

3,473

1,016

169

469

163

2001

3,168

743

3,594

1,131

172

609

172

2002

2,941

940

3,467

1,284

206

610

165

2003

3,166

765

3,507

1,325

223

548

125

2004

2,804

781

3,242

1,360

237

517

122

2005

3,379

553

3,120

1,284

239

602

140

2006

3,570

980

3,279

1,316

222

579

145

Source:

ONS