§ 19. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Minister of Power the total public expenditure on research for the electricity industry in 1964; and how much of this was undertaken by the Central Electricity Generating Board and how much by other public corporations.
§ Mr. John Morris
Total research expenditure by the Electricity Council and boards in 1964–65 was about £7 million, of which over £6 million was by the Central Electricity Generating Board. The Atomic Energy Authority estimates that its expenditure in 1964 on developing various reactor systems for power generation was about £18 million. Expenditure by other bodies, such as the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and the National Coal Board, on research of interest to the electricity industry amounted to about £½ million.
§ Mr. Morris
I am satisfied that no promising research project is being neglected. If there is any overlapping, perhaps the hon. Member will bring it to my attention.