§ 27. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine
asked the Minister of Power what representations he has made to the Electricity Council regarding the level of its appropriation for research.
§ Mr. Irvine
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that out of the total revenue of 199 £1,141.4 million, only £7.6 million is spent on research and that this compares with a business like I.C.I., which, out of total revenue of £496½2 million, spends £30 million on research? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware—[HON. MEMBERS: "Too long."]—that this represents 0.66 per cent, spent on research compared with 6.0 per cent, respectively? Is he also aware—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh, no."] —that about £17 million is spent on re pairs to typewriters and so on, compared with only £7½6 million on—
§ Mr. Freeson
I wish to deal with this subject in a rather more serious vein than the content of the hon. Gentleman's supplemnetary question. The position is that the amount spent on research by the industry totals about £10.6 million today compared with £2.2 million in 1959–60. That is a considerable increase, and about £270,000 in the current programme is being spent on research into underground cabling alone.