Research: Per Capita Costs

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 10th January 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2018 to Question 202141 on UK Research and Innovation: Per Capita Costs, what assessment he has made of the disparities in per head funding for R&D throughout the (a) regions and (b) constituent parts of the UK.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party, Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Government wants to increase R&D investment across the country – from both the public and private sector. That is why, as part of the Industrial Strategy, we announced our commitment to increasing R&D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 and, this year, launched UK Research & Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund which will fund Research and Innovation projects which support local growth and productivity.

I refer the hon. Member to answers I gave her to Question 202141 on 18 December 2018 and Question 203451 on 28 December 2018, which include a table of expenditures per head of population in each region and nation of the UK.

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