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MPs condemn lack of rigour in how UK’s £6bn science budget is spent

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3657 (Published 30 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3657
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

The government is not doing enough to ensure that £6bn (€7.3bn; $8bn) of science funding benefits the UK economy and goes to the right projects, a committee of MPs has concluded.

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has called for more robust assessment of proposals and better protection for the intellectual property that results from taxpayers’ investment. The committee’s report, Capital Investment in Science Projects, was published on 29 June.1

Meg Hillier, chair of the committee, said, “We are not convinced that there is sufficient rigour and transparency in the way funding decisions are made, nor enough attention paid to safeguarding the benefits resulting from those decisions.”

The committee said that ministers announcing …

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