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Friday, 23 November 1979


Senator Puplick asked the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 7 November 1979:

(   1 ) How many companies indicated to Project SCORE that they were performing research and development activities in the surveys conducted in 1973-74 and in 1976-77.

(2)   How many of those companies which reported some research and development activity in 1973-74 but did not so report in 1976-77: (a) ceased, in fact, to operate entirely; (b) were Australian-controlled; and (c) were foreign-controlled.

(3)   What is the classification each company in each of categories (2) (b) and (2) (c) above, by industrial or other sector, based upon the classifications given in the Report of the Senate Standing Committee on Science and the Environment, Industrial Research and Development in Australia, pages 67-68.

(4)   How many companies in each of categories (2)(b) and (2) (c) have (a) fewer than 10 employees; (b) between 10 and 19employees; (c) between 20 and 49 employees; (d) between 50 and 99 employees; (e ) between 100 and 1 99 employees; (f) between 200 and 499 employees; (g) between 500 and 999 employees; and ( h ) 1 ,000 employees or more.

(5)   How many companies reported research and development activity to Project SCORE in 1976-77 and had not reported such activity in 1 973-74.

(6)   What are the details of these companies in terms of the details requested in parts (2), (3 ) and (4) above.


Senator Webster - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The following information has been supplied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and relates to private enterprises, i.e. units comprising all operations in Australia of a single private legal entity (e.g. company, partnership, sole proprietor). Enterprises primarily engaged iri agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting are excluded.

(   1 ) The number of private enterprises reporting to Project SCORE that they were engaged in research and experimental development (research and development) was 916 in the 1973-74 survey and 977 in the 1976-77 survey. (This would not be a reliable measure of the absolute or relative total number of research and development performers in those years. The surveys aimed to measure aggregate research and development expenditure with reasonable accuracy, not the total number of research and development performers, however small their research and development expenditure. )

(2)   466 private enterprises reported research and development activity to Project SCORE for 1973-74 but did not report for 1976-77. Of these: (a) 133 private enterprises ceased operations or were taken over by another enterprise. ( b ) and (c) A comprehensive foreign-control dissection of those enterprises that report research and development activity for 1973-74, were in operation in June 1977, but did not report activity for 1976-77 is not available. However, the tables provided in answer to parts (3) and (4) below contain a dissection of relevant manufacturing enterprises (with 150 or more employees) based on their foreign control characteristics as at June 1973.

(3)   The following table gives details by the industry classification requested of the 333 private enterprises that reported research and development activity for 1973-74, were in operation in June 1977, but did not report activity for 1976-77.

 

(4)   The following table gives details by the employment size requested of the 333 private enterprises that reported research and development activity for 1 973-74, were in operation in June 1 977, but did not report activity for 1 976-77.

 

 

(5)   112 private enterprises reported research and development activity to Project SCORE for 1976-77 but had not reported any research and development activity for 1 973-74.

(6)   Of these 1 12 private enterprises, 70 were Australian controlled and 42 were foreign controlled.

The following table gives details by the industry classification requested of the 112 private enterprises that reported research and development activity for 1976-77 but had not reported activity for 1973-74.

 







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