§ Dr. Harris
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many research contracts have been let by his Department since May 1997; what is the value of each contract; and in each case whether the contract included(a) a departmental veto over publication of the research 386W results, (b) departmental control over the date of publication of the research results and (c) a requirement that the final research results incorporate departmental amendments. 
§ Dr. Reid
[holding answer 6 December 1999]: Information about individual research contracts could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The various Departments within the Scottish Executive have their own devolved research programmes and strategies. While there are some differences in the precise detail of contracts relating to each programme, generally, researchers are actively encouraged to publish their work.