§ Mr. Rifkind
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether she will make a statement on the conclusion of the University Grants Committee in its latest report that the decline in university research in the United Kingdom may become irreversible unless the financial situation facing the universities is substantially improved.
§ Mr. Oakes
My right hon. Friend recently announced an improvement in the science budget, part of which funds university research. She will shortly be announcing the settlement of universities' recurrent grant for the academic year 1978–79 and the provisional levels of grant for the following three years.