§ Mr. Cohen
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all the contracts for chemical and biological610W research which his Department has placed directly or indirectly with United Kingdom universities and polytechnics; what is their total value; and if he will indicate which of these were initiated by the chemical defence establishment at Porton.
§ Mr. Sainsbury
The MOD currently has 77 contracts or agreements for research into chemical or biological defence with United Kingdom universities and polytech-nics. The total value of these agreements and contracts is £7.8 million and all were originated by the chemical defence establishment, Porton Down. It is not our policy to give details of these contracts and agreements.