§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will make it his policy to terminate the application of attribution in relation to projects in research and development in the United Kingdom which have been granted EC funding.
§ Mr. Leigh
The DTI does not normally provide top-up funding to those organisations who have secured European Community R and D funding. EC R and D grants have already been set at a level which takes into account the need for the research projects to be completed successfully. I have no plans to change this policy.
The key need in research and development funding is to continue to avoid duplication, by ensuring that Community programmes complement, and are complemented by, our domestic programmes.