HC Deb 09 November 1979 vol 973 cc367-8W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of research in biomedical engineering is provided by public funds; and what proportion by private funds; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Macfarlane

It is not possible to compare the amounts provided for research in biomedical engineering from public and private funds, since the full figures in respect of support from charitable bodies and trusts are not available.

During the financial year 1978–79 approximately £3,429,000 was provided from public funds, made up as follows: £1,503,000 from the Medical Research Council on research grants and on work carried out in the Council's establishments; £400,000 from the Science Research Council on research grants; and £1,526,000 from the Department of Health and Social Security on research contracts and on running that Department's biomechanical research and development unit.