Fossil Fuels: Research

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how much research and development funding has been directed towards the oil and gas sector since 2010; and what proportion that is of all UK research and development funding in that period.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics for expenditure on research and development performed in business enterprises (BERD) can be found here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_385959.pdf.

Relevant data extracted from this report on expenditure on R&D performed in the extractive industries product group over 2010 - 2013 is given in the table below.

Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

BERD expenditure on R&D in extractive industries product group (£m)

114

194

215

225

% of total BERD expenditure on R&D in extractive industries product group

0.7

1.1

1.3

1.3

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