§ Mr. D. E. Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Energy 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. David Hunt
The Department's spend on projects based in Wales represents some 2 per cent. of its non-nuclear Research and Development expenditure, which is provisionally estimated to be £40 million in 1985–86. While it is not possible to identify all cases of public sector energy Research and Development in Wales, expenditure on Research and Development by the public sector fuel industries there is substantial and includes some £6.8 million by British Coal on the Point of Ayr project.