§ Mr. Nott
asked the Minister of Technology if he will give the total value of the expenditure from public funds on hovercraft 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.
§ Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu
In the current financial year total expenditure by the Ministry of Technology on research, development and trials in aid of hovercraft is expected to be £2,250,000.
- (a) Government establishments with separate budgets for hovercraft research and development:
- National Physical Laboratory—Expenditure 1968–69 £364,000.
- Royal Aircraft Establishment—Expenditure 1968–69 £45,000.
- Other establishments assist on particular tasks from time to time.
(b) Expenditure under extramural contracts of £1.8 million.
The National Research Development Corporation continues to support the development of particular projects under the powers of the Development of Inventions Act.