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date: Fri Oct 17 12:30:26 2008
from: Phil Jones <>
subject: RE: Parliamentary Question- Government funding to CRU
to: "Humphrey, Kathryn (CEOSA)" <kathryn.humphreyatXYZxyzRA.GSI.GOV.UK>

Good - nothing to do, for the moment. Don't read too much into my note about
the UEA/CRU relationship. CRU is part of the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV)
which is part of UEA. Issue is that CRU is more widely known outside the UK
than ENV and even UEA, but a number of people in ENV and UEA don't seem
to appreciate this.
Useful to know if you do find out any more about this MP. See you on the 3rd.
At 20:06 16/10/2008, you wrote:

Hi Phil,

Thanks for your prompt reply. I found out after emailing you that wed had in three PQs
on the same subject and after some discussion decided that we could offer a nil return
as the wording specifically relates to grants and subsidies which our finance people
have told us that research contracts do not fall into (this is more related to funding
from research councils etc). So no need to do any work but interesting to note your
point re the UEA and CRU relationship.

Ill let you know if we get anything else coming from this gentleman!

Kind Regards,


From: Phil Jones [[1]]
Sent: 16 October 2008 15:54
To: Humphrey, Kathryn (CEOSA); C Goodess
Subject: Re: Parliamentary Question- Government funding to CRU

We'll try and send you something tomorrow. Can I clarify some things?
I presume you just want to know about Govt Depts (i.e. not NERC and other
research councils and not other UK funding bodies like the EA)?
If you want a full list of everything, this won't be possible as our admin
person is away this and next week.
Also there is no money directly to CRU - all goes to UEA. This applies
for all our grants and contracts - none come directly to CRU. I wish sometimes
that they did, but UEA deals with everything. This would be the same with any
UK University Dept.
The only major one with DEFRA since 1998 (apart from UKCIP) is the LINK project -
which BADC
now have and run. We had this from the early 1990s through to about 3-4 years ago.
We have no subsidies - all are grants which we get or don't get through competitive
tenders or grant calls from the research councils.
No idea why he's asked this. It could be he's had questions from a constituent
who has been looking at blog sites. There is a belief in the blogosphere that govts
just shower places like CRU with money, but believe you me we have to write proposals
like everyone else! We don't just say to the govt, the climate's changing and govt
says great here's a few hundred K.
At 14:38 16/10/2008, Humphrey, Kathryn (CEOSA) wrote:
Hi Phil and Clare,
Wonder if you could help me! Ive just had a Parliamentary Question in from Jonathan
Djanogly (Huntingdon)- asking how much funding by way of grants and subsidies Government
has provided to CRU since 1998. Deadline for a response is 11am. on Monday.
The WG contract funding is stipulated as just for UEA in the contract and not CRU
specifically; Phil could you confirm that this is correct?
If there are any contracts that have had with you since 1998 that I might not know about
it would also be helpful to know what they were...Ill check on the system though.
Do you have any idea why this MP might want to know?
Kathryn Humphrey
Domestic Impacts/Adaptation Evidence
Adapting to Climate Change Programme
tel 0207 238 3362
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email

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