§ Mr. Goodlad
Department of Enegy expenditure on non-nuclear research and development from 1974 to 1979 amounted to £61 million. From 1979 to 1987 it has amounted to £372 million. Comparisons with research and development expenditure on nuclear power which supplies over a fifth of our electricity would not be meaningful.
§ Mr. Hardy
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will list the amount and the proportion of the resources devoted to energy research which has been or will be provided for coal technology. energy efficiency, renewable resources to matters relating to onshore and offshore oil and gas; how spending on those matters compares with that devoted to research relating to nuclear waste disposal over the period 1980 to 1987; and what figures are projected for 1987–89.