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Science: Higher Education

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 32-33WS, on Education (Student Support) Regulations, (1) which parts of the science budget are not ring-fenced; (232741)

(2) whether the research funding component of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's budget will be considered in his Department's search for cost savings.

[holding answer 3 November 2008]: Funding for science and research has doubled since we took office. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made clear in his statement on 29 October 2008, Official Report, columns 32-34WS that all of the budget for science will be maintained. That includes the research funding component of HEFCE's budget.