HC Deb 25 January 1978 vol 942 cc608-9W
Dr. Phipps

asked the Secretary of State for Energy what has been the annual expenditure for research and development on nuclear energy projects in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

Mr. Eadie

Net expenditure by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority on research and development in direct support of the nuclear power programme, including expenditure on specific reactor design and development work in industry, has been:

£ million
1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77
'50.6 49.5 73.7 88.0 101.7

In addition my Department spent the following sums in support of the tripartite gas centrifuge project for enriching uranium:

1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77
9.6 7.8 15.3 17.0