Supplementary submission from the Natural
Environment Research Council (NERC)
(BAS), BRITISH GEOLOGICAL
SURVEY (BGS) AND
Submission to the House of Commons Science &
Technology Committee in connection with its inquiry "Investigating
|Year||Marine science programme expenditure, including capital (£k)
|Staff and other resource
||Proportionate ship/aircraft running/maintenance costs including staff, repairs and fuel
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.
|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)
Figures include costs on all projects and cost centres within the following BGS Programmes,
for the years indicated.
|Year from||Year to
||Marine Coastal and Hydrocarbons Programme
||Continental Shelf and Margins Survey and Resources
||Coastal Geoscience and Global Change
||Petroleum and Marine Geology
||Coastal and Engineering Geology
For most years the programmes include some coastal as well
as pure marine research, plus subsurface basin researchprimarily
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 2006-07this
may have been included in the infrastructure figures provided
CEH has carried out programmes of seabird research, but precise
funding figures are not easily available.