National Physical Laboratory

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the value added to the economy by the National Physical Laboratory.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Higher Education and Intellectual Property)

On 20 May 2009, the National Measurement Office, which was then part of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills but is now an Executive Agency of BIS, published an Economic Impact Report-Metrology Investment: Impact on Innovation and Productivity. The models described in that report estimated that an additional investment of £6 million (10 per cent. of the annual investment at the time) in the National Measurement System (NMS) could enable additional GDP of between £300 million and £400 million through enhanced innovation.

The NMS budget covers work at several laboratories but about 80 per cent. of it is carried at the National Physical Laboratory. The National Physical Laboratory also carries out significant work not funded from the NMS budget.

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