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Government offers reassurance about funds for proposed research centre

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39538.574479.DB (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:743
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

    A government response to the House of Commons’ Innovation, Universities, Science, and Skills Committee has attempted to allay doubts about the finances of the proposed UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation. A government decision that the committee had originally viewed as irrational, if not calculated to withhold money from the project, turns out to have been a manoeuvre necessitated by accounting systems at the Treasury.

    The issue was raised by the committee in its January report on the progress of the new research centre, due to be located in central London next to the British Library (BMJ 2008;336:179; doi: 10.1136/bmj.39468.733912.DB). The committee had expressed several concerns …

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