12. The total DTI budget rises very sharply from
an estimated £3.73 billion in the current financial year
(2000-01) to £4.60 billion in 2001-02, before falling back
to £4.28 billion in 2002-03 and £4.22 billion in 2003-04.
This is said to be largely attributable to heavy estimated expenditure
early in the 3-year period on liabilities in the nuclear and coal
sectors. The resource budget for the department falls from £3.9
billion in 2001-02 to £3.5 billion in 2002-03 and £3.2
billion in 2003-04, and in real terms from £3.7 billion to
£2.9 billion over that period .
13. In July 2000 we sought details so as to be able
to establish the significance of the total figures for different
parts of DTI's budget, and in particular for the non-science budget.
Once coal and nuclear liabilities are stripped out, and the capital
expenditure on Airbus launch aid is disregarded, which is expected
in due course to achieve a net return to Government, the non-science
DTI budget for the three years of the SR2000 settlement looks
broadly like level funding, with the third year slightly lower
in cash terms than the first year. We note with some concern
that the core of DTI's non-science programme and project expenditure
shows no real growth over the three year period from 2001 to 2004.
Given the welcome increases announced in some programmes, we are
concerned that there will have to be as yet unannounced reductions
in other areas of DTI activity.
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Non Science less Nuclear Liabilities
less Coal Liabilities
less Airbus launch aid
Sources: Ev, p 35 Q (a) (liabilities), Q (b) (launch aid): Ev,
p 37, Table for science/non-science divide