HC Deb 05 March 1965 vol 707 cc313-4W
Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Minister of Aviation how many scientists and engineers are employed in his Department on British space research and development.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

About 200.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Minister of Aviation how much he expects to spend this year on space research and development; and how much his Department spent in each of the preceding ten years.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

My Department expects to spend about £11 million in industry in the present financial year.

As regards prior years, the Ministry of Aviation did not come into existence until October, 1959, but Government expenditure in industry before the year 1960–61 was small. My Department's expenditure in each of the years from 1960–61 until 1963–64 including, expenditure reimbursable by E.L.D.O., was as follows:

1960–61 3.2
1961–62 5.6
1962–63 7.4
1963–64 10.0

The above figures do not include expenditure incurred on behalf of the European Space Research Organisation, which is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science.