§ Mr. Tebbit
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what were the totals of Government spending on research for civil aviation in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Onslow
Government expenoiture on research programmes related to civil aircraft, aero engines and associated equipment was about £10 million in each of the last three years. This represents an increase of about £1 million a year over expenditure in each of the two preceding years.
Costs of research related to civil aviation services which were last year borne by the Civil Aviation Authority fell to the Government in earlier years. At that time the programme covered combined 7W defence and civil needs and a financial breakdown between these is not possible.