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Research

International Development 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 International Development how much her Department spent on research and development in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12; and how much she plans to spend in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Research is essential for international development in order to generate new technologies, discover new ways of tackling poverty and provide evidence to improve the effectiveness and value for money of development programmes.

DFID spent the following amounts on centrally commissioned research:

(a) 2008-09: £125 million

(b) 2009-10: £176 million

(c) 2010-11: £202 million

(d) 2011-12: £222 million.

Total expenditure on research (excluding that spent by multilateral organisations) is published annually in the Statistics for International Development. This is available on the DFID website at:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/About-us?how-we-measure-progress/Aid-statistics/statistics-on-International-Development-2011/ (Table 20)

Budgets for 2013-14 and 2014-15 are still to be formally agreed. DFID's anticipated budget for centrally commissioned research is expected to be around:

(i) 2012-13: £230 million

(ii) 2013-14: £305 million

(iii) 2014-15: £320 million.

Total spending on research across DFID in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 will result from spending decisions made by different countries and policy teams and so planning figures are not available.

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