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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on research and development in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and how much he plans to spend in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

This Department published Science, Engineering and Technology Statistics on 21 September 2012 which provides out-turn figures for Departmental expenditure on research and development for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. Figures for 2011-12 have not yet been published.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not prescribe departmental budget to be spent on research and development for future years. Directorates or groups allocate their budget to fund research as policy questions arise.

However, the £4.6 billion per annum funding for science and research programmes through the Research Councils and the Higher Education Funding Council for England has been protected in cash terms, and ring fenced against future pressures during the spending review period to 2014-15.

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