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Research Councils

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent allocation letter to each research council. (254366)

The Department has published a booklet entitled ‘The Allocations of the Science Budget 2008/09 to 2010/11’ in December 2007. This sets out in some detail the overall strategic priorities for the research base and the related funding decisions, together with the rationale behind them. This is available at:

www.dius.gov.uk/publications/URN07114.pdf

At the same time the seven research councils published their own delivery plans for the same period. These delivery plans set out each council's approach to research priorities, sustainability, economic impact, international aspects, specific financial commitments and targets for efficiency and effectiveness. These are available at:

www.rcuk.ac.uk/aboutrcuk/deliveryplan

The Government explained in their response to the IUSS Select Committee in June 2008 that they did not intend to publish their specific interactions with councils on the allocations process, not least because these relate to commercially confidential negotiations with international partners and suppliers.