§ 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.