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Oil: Research

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1056-7W, on oil: armed conflict, how much his Department's strategic programme has budgeted for support for the project by the University of Plymouth. (242707)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has allocated £314,000 as strategic programme funding for the University of Plymouth crude oil finger-printing project. This breaks down to £85,000 for financial year 2006-07, £100,000 for financial year 2007-08, £114,000 for financial year 2008-09 and £15,000 for financial year 2009-10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 26 November 2008, Official Report, columns 1056-7W, on oil: armed conflict, which international oil companies have contributed technical expertise to the University of Plymouth project. (242708)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is not aware that the international oil companies have directly contributed technical expertise to the University of Plymouth research as yet. The international oil companies have been invited to contribute to this project and the FCO is lobbying for them to do so.