To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of his Department's UK research and development spend for (a) 2020-21, (b) 2021-22, (c) 2022-23, (d) 2023-24 and (e) 2024-25.
11 February 2021
As announced in last year's Spending Review, the Defence Budget included a ringfence for research and development (R&D) spend totalling a minimum of £6.6 billion over four years from 2021-22. Detailed investment plans are currently being agreed as part of this year's annual budget cycle. This process seeks to allocate the Spending Review Settlement to the different Top-Level Budgets in the Department in advance of next financial year. The Ministry of Defence's total R&D spend is reported annually in the Annual Report and Accounts.