HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 c278W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if any academic staff of United Kingdom universities and polytechnics are employed by his Department as researchers or consultants; and, if so, what are their names, the institutions at which they teach, their positions at those institutions, the nature of their work for his Department and the cost to public funds of employing each of them.

Mr. MacGregor

Academic staff are engaged to provide occasional advice to the Department. The names and other details of the academic consultants at present employed for this purpose, all on a part-time basis, are:

Total Government R&D support for biotechnology is estimated at about £5 million in the current year. This exceeds the level recommended in the Spinks report.