HC Deb 05 November 1986 vol 103 c456W
Mr. D. E. Thomas

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much was spent by his Department on research and development during the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion was spent in Wales.

Mr. Donald Thompson

During the financial year 1985–86 my Department spent £124.1 million on research and development. Of this amount, £68.6 million was spent externally, mainly with the Agricultural and Food Research Council, of which approximately £2.7 million was spent in Wales with the council's Welsh plant breeding station and with other contractors. The balance of £55.5 million was spent on in-house research and development mainly by the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service. A good deal of ADAS' research and development is of relevance to farming conditions in Wales and approximately £2.2 million of this work was carried out in the Principality for the benefit of farming in Wales and the west of Britain. The in-house figure also includes nearly £0.5 million spent on research and development in the fisheries experiment station at Conwy.