Mr. W. E. Garrett
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what was the amount provided in each of the past five years to the latest available date by the Government for support of research and development in shipbuilding and marine engineering; and what proportion this represents of the total research and development expenditure.
§ Mr. Les Huckfield
Department of Industry expenditure in each of the past five years on shipbuilding and marine engineering R & D is set out below. It represents about ¼ per cent. of total expenditure on industrial innovation—public expenditure programme 4.
Year On shipbuilding and Marine Engineering R & D (£M) 1976–77 … … 0.96 (estimated) 1975–76 … … 0.92 1974–75 … … 0.73 1973–74 … … 0.39 1972–73 … … 0.31