§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the staffing levels which have been employed in research establishments for which his Department is responsible in each single year since 1979.
§ Mr. Butler
Staffing levels in the research establishment of the procurement executive of the Ministry of Defence have been as follows:
its capacity doubled to sponsor up to about 140 undergraduates each year. We are, in addition, introducing a new scheme on the lines of the student engineer scheme to provide sponsorship for up to 100 undergraduates reading for science degrees in disciplines relevant to the Department's work programmes. I shall write to the hon. Member about the statistical information she has asked for as soon as possible.