TUC on science select committee response

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date: 17 June 2008

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Commenting on the Government's response to the report of the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee into Science Budget Allocations, published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'DIUS has refused to acknowledge the deep funding problems in UK science, highlighted by the Select Committee. Hundreds of jobs could be lost and cutting edge physics programmes could disappear because of funding shortfalls.

'DIUS is in danger of losing the confidence of the science community, as well as that of trade unionists working in laboratories. Planned cuts in science funding should be put on hold until the Wakeham Review has reported in September. If Wakeham finds that the funding shortfall would significantly damage UK physics, then the Government must think again.'

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