HC Deb 20 July 1987 vol 120 cc85-6W
Mr. Amess

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the current level of funding for research and development in co-operation with other European Community countries.

Sub-Saharan Africa Latin America
Imports Exports Imports Exports
Raw materials (Section 2) 145.4 16.3 79.2 3.1
Manufactured goods (Sections 5.8) 135.4 713.4 130.6 313.8
Food (Section 0) 274.7 19.9 103.0 17.5

Source: Overseas Trade Statistics.

Mr. Butcher

A framework programme for research and development in the European Community over the period 1984 to 1987 provides funding of 3.75 billion ecu (about £2.6 billion). The 1987 Community budget includes 1.040 billion ecu (about £0.7 billion) for research and development.

Negotiations for a further framework programme for the years 1987–1991 are nearing completion. This is expected to include provision of 5.2 billion ecu (about £3.6 billion) which includes 1.08 billion ecu (about £0.8 billion) for programmes already decided. A further 0.4 billion ecu (about £0.3 billion) will be subject to satisfactory agreements on the funding of the overall Community budget.