Fusion Power: Research

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered am ar 29 Mawrth 2010.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Annibynnol, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Government funding has been allocated to research and development in relation to fusion power in each year since the UK fusion programme began.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Higher Education and Intellectual Property)

Figures for the Government funding of nuclear fusion research in the UK are available from financial year 1974/75 and are given as follows. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) took over the responsibility for funding the fusion programme in 2003/04 and its subsequent funding is also provided.

EURATOM also fund fusion research in the UK through the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The UK contributes indirectly to the EURATOM European fusion research programme through its payments to the EU budget.

Financial year UK Government expenditure on fusion research (£ million)
1974/75 4.3
1975/76 5.7
1976/77 6.6
1977/78 7.3
1978/79 8.3
1979/80 10.5
1980/81 11.4
1981/82 17.3
1982/83 12.5
1983/84 14.1
1984/85 18.9
1985/86 21.1
1986/87 23.1
1987/88 22.0
1988/89 24.1
1989/90 24.1
1990/91 21.9
1991/92 20.1
1992/93 16.3
1993/94 16.0
1994/95 15.9
1995/96 15.7
1996/97 12.1
1997/98 16.6
1998/99 12.6
1999/2000 14.3
2000/01 17.0
2001/02 14.4
2002/03 14.6
Financial year EPSRC funding for fusion research (£million)
2003/04 15.9
2004/05 19.4
2005/06 17.3
2006/07 22.3
2007/08 21.7
2008/09 32.6

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 30 Maw 2010 6:37 pm (Report this annotation)

PATHETIC. Just because his nuclear baron wants to ask a question we have to foot the bill. His nuclear mate probably new the answer anyway but is jut trying to make nuclear Dai look impoooortant