Departmental Research

Defence written question – answered on 12th March 2009.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research and development projects his Department is funding; how much has been allocated to each such project; and which organisations are undertaking each project.

Photo of Quentin Davies Quentin Davies Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not have a centralised research and development (R and D) budget. Development expenditure varies depending on the requirements of each project. The MOD does publish information on its overall expenditure on research across a wide range of diverse projects in UK Defence Statistics, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. The majority of research expenditure is undertaken by the science/innovation/technology top level budget which placed £531 million of research contracts in 2007-08 and whose budget in 2008-09 is £502 million.

On 26 February the MOD launched the dynamic Defence Technology Plan (DTP) available online at to enable transparent prioritisation and coherence across MOD's R and D programme. The DTP aims to encourage fresh and innovative thinking, to demonstrate the value of the research programme to Defence and to enable more effective working across the R and D community. This is a cost-balanced expression of research priorities for the MOD that takes forward the Defence Technology Strategy (DTS), published in October 2006.

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