Oceanography

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset 12:00 am, 2nd July 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total amount spent annually on all branches of oceanography in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

The total expenditure in the United Kingdom in 1964–65 on all branches of oceanography and marine biology is estimated to be about £2·17 million.

Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset

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?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

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.