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Technology Strategy Board

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) responsibilities and (b) powers the Technology Strategy Board has in respect of the research and development of alternative fuel technology for motor vehicles. (256948)

The Technology Strategy Board has responsibilities for supporting research, development and knowledge transfer activities across the whole of the economy to stimulate innovation in those areas which offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity. This includes the research and development of alternative fuel technology for motor vehicles through its work on low carbon vehicles.

The Technology Strategy Board has established the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform which brings together government, the research councils, regions and business to research, develop and demonstrate technologies for use in low carbon vehicles.

The £100 million Innovation Platform supports projects between businesses and academia. It has launched a number of project competitions including a demonstration competition to put more than 100 ultra low carbon vehicles on the roads in the UK.

In terms of powers, the Technology Strategy Board is an executive NDPB with its own budget and the ability to make its own decisions, based on independent assessment, through most of its funding mechanisms.