About £16 million has been allocated from my Department's research and development budget in the current financial year for alternative sources of energy. An estimated £4 million from external sources is also expected. In addition, it is estimated that between £10 million and £15 million will be spent by private industry on its own research and development programmes.
The energy paper I announced in the House on 20 June gives our strategy for the future of renewable energy. In that paper we say that fuel from waste and energy from wind and tidal sources are the most promising. Each of those could provide up to 3 per cent. of our total energy requirement by the year 2025.