§ Mr. Russell Johnston
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what sum is expended in any one year on educational research in schools in England and Wales; what proportion is disbursed through the National Foundation for Educational Research; and what proportion goes direct through local authorities.
§ Mr. Crosland
Within my Department's total programme of support for educational research in the current financial year, about £250,000 will be spent on projects related to the schools and school children. About £55,000 of this will be included in payments to the National Foundation for Education Research, which conducts research but does not disburse funds. None of the Department's research funds are allocated through the local education authorities.
Research of this kind is also supported by local education authorities, charitable foundations and universities.