HC Deb 09 July 1975 vol 895 cc206-7W
Mr. Knox

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the national income has been devoted to scientific research projects in each of the past three years.

Mr. Denzil Davies

Annual surveys of expenditure on scientific research are conducted for central Government only. The last surveys covering the whole economy relate to the financial years 1960–70 and 1972–73. In these two years the percentage of gross national product devoted to scientific research and development was 2.7 per cent. and 2.4 per cent. respectively.