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Research and Development

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what measures he has considered to improve the advice and support given by his Department to companies for research and development opportunities. (213880)

The DIUS White Paper “Innovation Nation” set out policy commitments including the aim to drive increased demand for innovative products through Government procurement, and to reform the Small Business Research Initiative.

The White Paper also set out policy commitments to give an innovation voucher to at least 1,000 businesses a year by 2010-11 to double the number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and to provide support for business innovation through the Technology Strategy Board and Energy Technologies Institute.