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Research: Regional Planning and Development

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 116928, tabled on 2 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to page 170 of the Levelling Up White Paper, what the baseline is for increasing public R&D investment by 40 per cent; and whether that baseline includes money from European structural funds.

Answered on

8 February 2022

The Spending Review committed to an increase in public R&D spending to £20bn by 2024-25, contributing to the economy-wide target to invest 2.4% of GDP in R&D by 2027.

The Levelling Up White Paper set the mission for domestic public investment in R&D outside the Greater South East to increase by at least one third over the Spending Review period and at least 40 percent by 2030, with that additional government funding seeking to leverage at least twice as much private sector investment over the long term to stimulate innovation and productivity growth. This is baselined against spending levels in 2021-22 and doesn’t include EU Programmes Association funding.

The UK Government has asked the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the UK Government Office for Science to work with all Whitehall departments to collect and publish sub-national data on their R&D spending. This will allow us to track progress on the mission to 2030.