HC Deb 23 October 1979 vol 972 cc146-7W
Mr. Hooley

asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the amount of public expenditure on research and development into nuclear power thermal reactors, nuclear power fast breeder reactors, wave power, tidal power, solar energy, wind power, biomass energy projects, and photovoltaic cells, respectively, during 1979–80 and the projected figures for 1980–81.

Mr. John Moore

In 1979–80 the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority expects to spend around £150 million—net—on nuclear energy research and development. Of this about £15 million is for research and development directly related to thermal reactors and their safety, and some £60 million is expected for fast reactors and their safety, though other parts of the research and development programme are also relevant to both thermal and fast reactor development.

For 1980–81 expenditure on both systems is expected to remain at about the same level in real terms.

In 1979–80 the Department of Energy expects to spend the following sums on research and development programmes on energy sources as listed;

Wave power 3,150,000
Tidal power 298,000
Solar energy 898,000
Wind power 451,000
Biomass energy 119,000

Expenditure allocations in respect of the above energy sources for 1980–81 have yet to be settled.

Responsibility for research and development on photovoltaic cells rests with the Department of Industry. The Department of the Environment and other Departments also have solar energy programmes.