HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 cc246-7W
Mr. Pink

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what will be the British contribution to the agreement whereby this country joins the Franco-German nuclear research institute of Grenoble.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

Under the terms of the intergovernmental agreement concerning participation by the Science Research Council (SRC) in the high flux neutron beam facilities at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) at Grenoble, the SRC is responsible for 33 per cent. of the net operating costs of the ILL, involving expenditure by the council of about £2 million a year at current prices and exchange rates. The SRC is also contributing about £1 million a year—in real terms—for 10 years towards the capital cost of the reactor and a total of about £700,000 over three years towards other capital assets. In return the SRC secures a full part in the management of the ILL, access for British scientists to ILL facilities on equal terms with French and German scientists, a fair share of posts for British personnel and an opportunity to win some contracts for the United Kingdom.