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Fusion Power: Research

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Government funding has been allocated to research and development in relation to fusion power in each year since the UK fusion programme began. (323744)

Figures for the Government funding of nuclear fusion research in the UK are available from financial year 1974/75 and are given as follows. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) took over the responsibility for funding the fusion programme in 2003/04 and its subsequent funding is also provided.

EURATOM also fund fusion research in the UK through the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The UK contributes indirectly to the EURATOM European fusion research programme through its payments to the EU budget.

Financial year

UK Government expenditure on fusion research (£million)

1974/75

4.3

1975/76

5.7

1976/77

6.6

1977/78

7.3

1978/79

8.3

1979/80

10.5

1980/81

11.4

1981/82

17.3

1982/83

12.5

1983/84

14.1

1984/85

18.9

1985/86

21.1

1986/87

23.1

1987/88

22.0

1988/89

24.1

1989/90

24.1

1990/91

21.9

1991/92

20.1

1992/93

16.3

1993/94

16.0

1994/95

15.9

1995/96

15.7

1996/97

12.1

1997/98

16.6

1998/99

12.6

1999/2000

14.3

2000/01

17.0

2001/02

14.4

2002/03

14.6

Financial year

EPSRC funding for fusion research (£million)

2003/04

15.9

2004/05

19.4

2005/06

17.3

2006/07

22.3

2007/08

21.7

2008/09

32.6