Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Memorandum 57

Supplementary submission from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

MARINE SCIENCE EXPENDITURE BY THE BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY (BAS), BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (BGS) AND CENTRE FOR ECOLOGY AND HYDROLOGY (CEH)

  Submission to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee in connection with its inquiry "Investigating the Oceans".

BAS


Year
Marine science programme expenditure, including capital (£k)

Staff and other resource
Proportionate ship/aircraft running/maintenance costs including staff, repairs and fuel
Total
1997-98
1,388
1,147
2,535
1998-99
1,429
1,180
2,609
1999-2000
1,466
1,210
2,677
2000-01
1,496
1,766
3,262
2001-02
1,518
1,827
3,345
2002-03
1,555
1,914
3,469
2003-04
1,604
2,023
3,627
2004-05
1,649
2,173
3,822
2005-06
1,695
2,322
4,017
2006-07
2,346
2,461
4,806


Notes:

  These are the best estimates in the time available. No overheads have been applied.

Most staff and other resource spend has been estimated for 2004-2005 and earlier using HM Treasury GDP deflator.

Fuel spend has been estimated for 1997-98 and 1998-99 using HM Treasury GDP deflator.

Support to marine science represents 75 days ship time (per annum?).

BAS notes that it supported about the same level of science and infrastructure activity each year over the decade, but that fuel costs rose very significantly over the period.

The marine science programmes supported were: Sustainability, Climate Change and Sea Level.

BGS


Year
Expenditure on marine-related activities (£k)
A: Responsive Mode Grants (Commercial)
B: Directed Programme Grants (internal awards)
C: Centre Programmes (Science Budget)
D: Capital
E: Infrastructure (Marine Operations)
Total spend

1997-98
1,533
85
626
0
0
2,263
1998-99
1,681
87
666
0
0
2,434
1999-2000
2,368
42
1,123
0
0
3,532
2000-01
1,809
78
758
64
0
2,709
2001-02
1,873
119
845
0
0
2,837
2002-03
1,605
20
976
0
0
2,602
2003-04
1,133
37
1,071
25
125
2,392
2004-05
1,195
60
942
94
84
2,376
2005-06
6,241
196
1,451
15
255
8,158
2006-07
2,724
170
1,254
1,527
250
5,925

Notes:
Figures include costs on all projects and cost centres within the following BGS Programmes,
for the years indicated.





Year from
Year to

2005-06
2006-07
Marine Coastal and Hydrocarbons Programme
2000-01
2004-05
Continental Shelf and Margins Survey and Resources
2000-01
2004-05
Coastal Geoscience and Global Change
1999-2000
1999-2000
Petroleum and Marine Geology
1999-2000
1999-2000
Coastal and Engineering Geology
1997-98
1998-99
Offshore Surveys
1997-98
1998-99
Coastal Surveys
2003-04
2006-07
Marine operations

  For most years the programmes include some coastal as well as pure marine research, plus subsurface basin research—primarily related to hydrocarbons work.

  Column A includes all BGS marine-related commercial contracts. Around £1 million of this per annum is hydrocarbons-related subsurface work. The large figures in this column (2005-06 and 2006-07) relate to contracts in BGS's role as European Science Operator for the International Ocean Drilling Programme.

In years 2003-04 and 2004-05 it is not possible to differentiate co-funded projects into responsive and Science Budget SB modes. For these years, all co-funded projects have been placed in the Centre Programmes (SB) category.

Column B (Directed Programme Grants) is the additional awards from NERC (on top of core funding); these sums will have been included also in the Directed-Programme figures provided previously.

Column C is Science Budget (without overheads).

Column D is capital. It is the actual purchase price of marine-related assets, in the year the asset was placed in service. It only includes assets that are currently still on the BGS Asset Register. The large figure in 2006-07 includes a grant from NERC to build a new seabed rock drill, which was completed in 2006-07—this may have been included in the infrastructure figures provided previously.

CEH

  CEH has carried out programmes of seabird research, but precise funding figures are not easily available.

October 2007





 
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