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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lorely Burt Lorely Burt Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much of the funding under heading 1A of the EU Budget, Competitiveness for growth and employment, was spent in the UK in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Programmes under heading 1A competitiveness for growth and employment are structured differently and not all funds come though the Government's accounts. BIS does not hold information on the draw down of funds from the EU that have been spent in the UK where we are not the managing authority or where the money is competitively bid for by individuals, academic institutions or business. (Information on public sector receipts by fund, and not by budget headings, are centrally held.) As a result we do not have information on how much of the EU Budget 2002-12 has been spent in the UK under heading 1A.

However, the majority of the heading is made up of the framework programme for research and innovation on which we do hold some indicative figures. For contracts signed in the four-year period of FP6 (2002-06) UK organisations would have received a maximum of €2.38 billion which is 14.2% of the total commission funding to FP6.

For grant agreements signed in FP7 (2007 to date) UK organisations are likely to receive a maximum of €3.73 billion, which is 14.7% of the total commission funding allocated to date for FP7.

Data source:

EC FP6 contracts and participants' database, released on 2 June 2008 and EC FP7 grant agreements and participants' database, released on 28 February 2012.

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