§ 70. Mr. Hooley
asked the Minister of Technology what is the estimated current annual expenditure of the Government and private industry, respectively, on re search and development in all forms of rocket propulsion; and how this com pares, from information available to him from international sources, with the financial contribution of France and West Germany in the same field.
§ Mr. Benn
About £15 million per annum, of which approximately £10 million is the United Kingdom's contribution to the European Launcher Development Organisation. The contributions of France and Germany to E.L.D.O. are each about the same as ours; but I cannot give any information about the expenditure of those countries in other areas of rocket propulsion. Private venture work by United Kingdom industry is not significant.