§ Mr. Latham
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will make a statement on the current level of staffing of the Fire Research Station; what private funding or the income from testing was obtained in the 1982–83 financial year; and what is the current programme of work.
§ Mr. King
On 1 April 1983, 136 permanent civil servants were employed at the Fire Research Station.
The income obtained in the 1982–83 financial year from industry and private funding for sponsored research, special testing, advising services, and miscellaneous sales including publications was £123,741.
The 1983–84 programme of work of the Fire Research Station will cover similar ground to 1982–83. Details are being finalised and will be described in the Building Research Establishment's research programme 1983–84, which is being prepared for publication. I will send my hon. Friend a copy when this publication is available.