HC Deb 11 May 1971 vol 817 c58W
24. Mr. Wolridge-Gordon

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what percentage of his Department's expenditure is concentrated on research; and how this compares with previous years.

Mr. Prior

Expenditure on research and development is expected to amount to 1.7 per cent. of the total estimated expenditure by my department in 1971–72. Comparable percentages for previous years are: 1970–71, 1.7 per cent.; 1969–70, 1.5 per cent.; 1968–69, 1.5 per cent. The main block of applied agricultural research carried out by the Government is undertaken by the Agricultural Research Council but this is not on my Department's vote.