§ Mr. Atkins
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the extent of funding for horticultural research from his Department(a) in each year of the last five years and (b) planned for each of the next two years. 
§ Mr. Boswell
[holding answer 22 May 1996]: The Department's expenditure on horticultural research in each of the last five years and planned expenditure for the present year are:
Year £ million 1991–92 110.5 1992–93 111.1 1993–94 111.4 1994–95 13.4 1995–96 13.6 1996–97 13.6 1 Excludes some work on pesticides for horticultural crops.
Subject to the usual constraints of public expenditure planning, present expectations are that in 1997–98 expenditure will be at a similar level to 1996–97.