HC Deb 26 January 1956 vol 548 c356
42. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer approximately how much is being spent per annum on fundamental scientific research in this country.

Mr. H. Brooke

It is not possible to give any reliable estimate of total expenditure. For expenditure out of public funds, I would refer the hon. Member to Appendix A of the Memorandum on the Civil Estimates, which summarises the amounts provided on Votes in connections with research and development.

Mr. Fletcher

I am much obliged for that answer, but is the right hon. Gentleman aware that, whatever the figure, it is quite inadequate if this country is to hold its own with the immense sums being spent on scientific research in Soviet Russia?

Mr. Brooke

From the debate which we had last July, I think that the House will know how near this is to my heart, and I am very glad that there seems good prospect of the Imperial College development in South Kensington going forward.

Mr. Albu

Referring to the right hon. Gentleman's last remark, can he say when it is proposed to introduce the legislation necessary before the Imperial College can get a site on which to build?

Mr. Brooke

It is not for me to decide when legislation will be presented to the House.