§ Mr. Nott
asked the Minister of Technology if he will give the total value of expenditure from public funds on computer research, development and trials in the current financial year; and if he will list the Government or other research establishments at which this work is being carried out, showing the expenditure at each establishment.
§ Dr. Bray
Separate figures are not readily available for expenditure on research and development directed towards improved computer equipment and similar expenditure on new applications for computers. The estimates given below for 1968–69 therefore cover both computers and computer applications. 41W With very minor exceptions military work is excluded:
Ministry of Technology Establishments: Royal Aircraft Establishment £109,000 Royal Radar Establishment £100,000 National Physical Laboratory £1,005,000 Warren Spring Laboratory £42,000 National Engineering Laboratory £240,000 Atlas Computer Laboratory (Chilton) £50,000 National Computing Centre (Estimated Grant-in-Aid payable by the Department) £540,000* Grants and contracts awarded by the Ministry of Technology, the N.R.D.C. and the S.R.C. £7,133,000† The estimated expenditure on computer acceptance trials conducted by the Technical Support Unit is £85,000.
*Total Estimated Grant-in-Aid, not all of of which is spent on research or development.
†Includes £4 million research and development grant paid to International Computers Limited under the terms of the Computers Merger Scheme (S.I. 1968 No. 990).