To assess the extent to which BGS science programmes
and core mission are supported and enhanced by external funding
as an indication of the need by the user community for the
research, monitoring, survey and data management functions.
BGS could not run its science budget funded programme without
the cost recovery afforded by its externally funded work.
External earnings have risen from £10.2m net in 2000/01 to
£12.6m in 2002/03. Co-funding of science programmes has increased
from £0.853m gross in 2000/01 to £1095m gross in 2002/03.
All parts of the programme have been successful in attracting
co-funding for research, surveying monitoring data management
and science and society activities.
The panel concluded that the BGS response to the Foot and
Mouth crisis was exemplary. The UK Government, devolved administrations
and agencies were able to fulfill their obligations due to
the 24-hour provision of quality advice from BGS.
The National Seismic Monitoring Network and Information
Service is an example where co-funding is provided by a consortium
including central government where one of the objectives
is to ensure the safety of the UK population - a strong indication
of need by the user community.