HC Deb 28 October 1976 vol 918 cc377-8W
Mr. Forman

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how much money has so far been spent in the United Kingdom on research and development for Great Britain's nuclear power programme; and how this compares with the total amount spent so far on research and develop. ment into the benign sources of energy.

Mr. Benn

Expenditure by the UKAEA up to 31st March 1976 on research and development in direct support of the nuclear power programme has been about £925 million. The Government's programme of research and development on renewable sources of energy, such as solar, wave and geothermal energy, is in its formative stages. Expenditure is spread over several Departments and details are not readily available. It is, however, an expanding programme.