HC Deb 16 May 1994 vol 243 c324W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out for each year since 1979 the amount of money allocated for transport research by his Department to(a) the Transport Research Laboratory and (b) to outside consultants.

Mr. Key

The Department's research expenditure is reported in an annual publication by the Cabinet Office. Until this year, the"Annual Review of Government Funded R&D" included the Department's expenditure under a number of categories—intramural, to other Government Departments, private industry, etc. From this year the "Annual Review of Government Funded R&D" has been replaced by the "Forward Look". The "intramural" element shown in both publications very largely reflects the value of work carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory each year.

With the introduction of full economic costing, research commissioned from the Transport Research Laboratory has been costed on a revised basis since 1992–93.

The first Forward Look was published on 27 April and copies of this, and the previous publications, are available in the House of Commons Library.