§ Mr. Bulmer
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what resources are being devoted by his Department to the research and development of technical ceramics.
§ Mr. Trippier
The Department expects to spend about £1.5 million in the current financial year in support of research and development on technical ceramics. Of this sum, approximately £500,000 will be in industrial companies, £450,000 in the Department's own laboratories and £550,000 at other research establish-ments. Expenditure next year is expected to exceed £2 million, of which more than £900,000 will be in industry.