§ 40. Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government have allocated to support for new technology in the current financial year; and how this compares with 1979
§ Mr. Kenneth Baker
My Department's support for new technologies is provided largely through its programme for scientific and technological assistance. The 1983–84 provision for that programme is £330 million; the comparative 1978–79 expenditure was £106 million. In addition, provision totalling about £25 million has been made for 1983–84 for measures under the Industrial Development Act 1982 specifically concerning the further development and application of new technologies.