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Physics: Higher Education

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Huntingdon of 23 October 2008, Official Report, columns 551-2W, on physics: higher education, what the figures provided in the answer would be if expressed in real terms in 2008-09 prices. (232293)

The response given to the hon. Member for Huntingdon (Mr. Djanogly) on 23 October 2008, Official Report, columns 551-52W, provided figures for quality related research funding for physics paid by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). These figures, re-based to 2008-09 values, are shown in the following table:

Academic year

£ million

1998-99

44.7

1999-2000

47.4

2000-01

47.5

2001-02

46.5

2002-03

45.8

2003-04

51.4

2004-05

53.0

2005-06

60.9

2006-07

63.2

2007-08

65.0

2008-09

63.5

Research Council expenditure in university physics departments—rebased to 2008-09 values—is as follows:

£ million

2001/02

369.11

2002/03

376.80

2003/04

395.33

2004/05

447.88

2005/06

463.41

2006/07

470.38

All figures have been converted to real 2008/09 terms using the HM Treasury GDP deflator. The GDP deflator for financial year 2008/09 is not yet known so the official estimate from the HM Treasury Budget report 2008 has been used.