§ Ms. Gordon
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many research contracts or agreements the forensic science service has currently placed with United Kingdom universities and other institutions of higher education; what is their total worth; and if he will list them.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The forensic science service has nine research contracts outstanding with United Kingdom universities and institutions of higher education, as follows:
Research Organisation Nature of Research Contract (£) Loughborough University High performance liquid chromatography 23,300 Hull University High sensitivity detection of drugs by chemiluminescence 10,710 Manchester University ABO grouping of bloodstains by an automated process 19,785 Aston University Expert systems to assess forensic evidence 14,025 Swansea University Flake powders for fingerprint applications 74,650 Scottish College of Textiles Colour coding of individual textile fibres 20,122 Keele University Motor vehicle paint sample collections 13,986 Queen's University Belfast Improved reagents for detecting fingerprints 45,522 St. George's Hospital Medical School Tablet and capsule identification system 12,000
Research Organisation Nature of Research Contract (£) 234,100