HC Deb 06 December 1989 vol 163 cc224-5W
Dr. Kim Howells

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much money is currently allocated by the Government for the funding of the study at universities of the behaviour of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere; and how much it plans to allocate for this purpose in 1990 and 1991.

Mr. Jackson

I understand that in 1989–90 the NERC has allocated £155,000 to higher education institutions for research into the chemistry and physics of greenhouse gases. This basic work is included in the £890,000 that the NERC is providing overall in 1989–90 for research in higher education institutions related to climate change and its impacts. It will be for the research councils to decide their future priorities for specific research areas, within the overall totals allocated. My right hon. Friend will shortly receive the ABRC's advice on the allocation of the science budget for 1990–91, and his decisions after receiving that advice will be announced in due course.