Defence: Research

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 22nd January 2020.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Research and Development (R&D) is critical to the delivery of battle-winning capability for our Armed Forces.

In 2017-18, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) net expenditure on R&D activity (identified as meeting the Frascati international definition for new, novel and innovative R&D) totalled £1.6 billion, much of it with UK industry and supply chain SMEs, sustaining many UK jobs.

In 2017-18 the MOD's expenditure with UK Industry in Wales was £960 million. Defence expenditure with UK industry supported approximately 6,300 Welsh jobs in 2017-18.[1]

Actual figures relating to R&D spend in the regions are not held by the Department and as such could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Further related information is available online at the following locations.

MOD regional expenditure with UK industry and supported employment: 2017-18 gross domestic expenditure on research and development Statistical bulletins: government expenditure on science, engineering and technology Statistical bulletins:

[1] Source: MOD regional expenditure with UK industry and supported employment: 2017/18

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