HC Deb 09 March 1981 vol 1000 cc245-6W
23. Mr. Soley

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what percentage of non-defence research and development is financed by the Government; and how this compares with Japan, France and West Germany.

Mr. Michael Marshall

Following is the information:

Table 1: Percentage of GERD in 1977 financed by Government
United Kingdom †49
France 44
Germany, Federal Republic 44
Japan 30
Including R&D content of general university funds.
† 1978 for United Kingdom.

Source: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Department of Industry estimates.

Table 2: Government financing or R&D on non-defence objectives as a percentage of all Government financing in 1977
United Kingdom 48
France 70
Germany, Federal Republic 88
Japan 95
1978 for United Kingdom.


European Communities' Eurostat publication:"Government financing of R&D, Analysis by objectives" (table 7), 1970–1979".

"Economic Trends" July 1980 and Department of Industry estimates.