University Research

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th April 1999.

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Photo of Mrs Anne Campbell Mrs Anne Campbell Labour, Cambridge 12:00 am, 29th April 1999

In what ways the additional funding for research announced in the comprehensive spending review will be used by the universities. [81524]

Photo of George Mudie George Mudie Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment)

The substantial investment in research announced as a result of the CSR, totalling some £1.4 billion over three years, will allow research in universities to be transformed. It will allow for institutions to invest in the modern equipment and infrastructure needed to maintain the United Kingdom's world-class science base.

Photo of Mrs Anne Campbell Mrs Anne Campbell Labour, Cambridge

The additional money is welcome after 18 years of miserable Tory neglect. Will my hon. Friend give an assurance that universities, such as Cambridge, that already have a world-beating record in research will benefit from the extra money? When will an announcement be made about the allocation of funds as a result of the joint infrastructure fund bid?

Photo of George Mudie George Mudie Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Employment)

I thank my hon. Friend for accompanying me during my visit to her constituency this week, and for introducing me to so many committed professionals who are delivering such an excellent service to the people of Cambridge.

In answer to her question, the university of Cambridge has already received £3 million for the Babraham Institute and there will be a decision about the other funds in May.