asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his Department's budget for external research for each of the years 1976–77, 1977–78 and 1978–79 (a) as a total and (b) broken down into subtotals relating to trends, industrial relations and other broad policy areas.
§ Mr. John Grant
Provision has been made in the Department's Estimates for the expenditure of £473,000 on external research in 1976–77 of which £223,000 will be available for research commissioned from the Medical Research Council and £250,000 for other research. Expenditure on other research has been provisionally estimated as follows:
£ (a) Manpower and employment … 90,000 (b) Race relations … 22,000 (c) Industrial relations … 24,000 (d) Incomes … 30,000 (e) Job satisfaction … 84,000
No firm figures can yet be given for 1977–78 and 1978–79, but it is hoped that it will be possible to maintain total expenditure on external research at a similar level.