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Tuesday, 9 June 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science upon notice: - What progress has his Department made with the survey of research and development activities in Australia.

Mr H N Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My Department is conducting a survey (Project SCORE) designed to provide accurate information on Australia's expenditure on research and development in the natural and social sciences, on the sources of supporting funds and on the manpower engaged in research and development activities. The survey will embrace all parts of the economy, and will be divided into four principal sectors: government (Commonwealth and the States), business, higher education and private non-profit organisations.

The various sectors are being surveyed separately, commencing with the Commonwealth Government departments and instrumentalities. The full scale survey of this sector commenced on 9 January this year. I am now in the process of writing to appropriate Ministers in the States to make arrangements for the survey of State Government organisations.

In the higher education sector, a pilot study is currently in progress in selected universities as a preliminary to a full scale survey of the universities to take place later in the year. My Department also intends within the next few months to make arrangements with State Government authorities for the survey of the Colleges of Advanced Education.

In the business sector, a joint survey of the manufacturing and mining industries will be conducted by my Department and the Department of Trade and Industry in view of thelatter's responsibilities under the Industrial Research and Development Grants Act. This joint survey will be commenced within the next few months.

Surveys will be made later of the relevant activities of business organisations outside the manufacturing and mining industries, and of private non-profit organisations. Planning of these surveys is still at a preliminary stage.

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