HC Deb 28 January 1987 vol 109 c268W
41. Mr. Eastham

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he next intends to meet the National Economic Development Council to discuss research and development funding.

Mr. Butcher

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State hopes to attend the next meeting of NEDC on 4 February 1987. The council has from time to time discussed R and D funding and I anticipate that it will be discussed at future meetings since R and D is an issue which is of great importance to improving the United Kingdom's industrial performance.

59. Mr. Rogers

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the current situation as regards research and development funding from his Department.

Mr. Butcher

My Department expects to spend £383 million on support for research and development in 1986–87 and plans to spend £412 million, £436 million and £445 million in the three succeeding years.

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