How does this compare with the expenditure of other maritime nations? In view of the undoubtedly increased importance of oceanography from the commercial point of view, as well as from the defence point of view, would my right hon. Friend re-examine this figure and see whether there is not a case for augmenting it?
I will certainly consider the question of what is spent by other countries. This figure excludes major capital items and also excludes the costs of university departments met from University Grants Committee funds. I will gladly see if I can give my hon. Friend further information.