HC Deb 26 November 1997 vol 301 cc586-7W
Dr. Starkey

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what were the redundancy costs caused by reductions or redeployments of his Department's research and development funding to(a) MAFF-sponsored research institutes, (b) AFRC/BBSRC-sponsored institutes and (c) other public sector research institutions, in each year from 1987–88 to 1997–98; and of these costs, how much in each year was borne by MAFF and how much by which other Departments. [17424]

Mr. Rooker

I regret that information on redundancy costs in these bodies is not held centrally. Much would be available only at disproportionate cost. Moreover, it would not be possible to link directly the changes in the Ministry's R and D funding at public sector research establishments to the particular decisions they reached on staff redundancies, and their costs, given the wide variety of other factors involved.