HC Deb 05 February 1996 vol 271 c16W
Mr. Ingram

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what were the total sums allocated to(a) the United Kingdom and (b) each other EU state under the European Union's framework programme for research and technological development in each of the years from the establishment of the programme. [13364]

Mr. Ian Taylor

Payments from European Community expenditure programmes are not allocated to member states in the legislation supporting the programmes.

Framework IV, which runs from 1994–98 is the EU's main research and development programme. It has a budget of 13.1 billion ecu—approximately £10.9 billion. It is administered by the European Commission, which receives applications and manages the project selection process. The budget is not pre-allocated in any way among member states. Projects are selected on the basis of scientific excellence. UK researchers have participated strongly in successive framework programmes.