HC Deb 24 February 1999 vol 326 c317W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money his Department has spent supporting the research and development of agricultural biotechnology since 1 May 1997. [72070]

Mr. Battle

[holding answer 23 February 1999]: The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, principally funded from the Science Budget for which the Office of Science and Technology is responsible, spent £13.8 million on agricultural biotechnology in the financial year 1997–98 and expects to spend some £14.5 million in the current financial year, 1998–99. The Department itself does not sponsor food or agriculture companies, and none of its funding is directed specifically at agricultural biotechnology.