Government needs better scientific advice, MPs say

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:986
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

The UK government needs better scientific advice and should improve the way it communicates levels of risk to the public, a parliamentary committee said this week.

The report from the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology urges the government to set up a new government scientific service, give more power to science advisers, and improve long term policy planning. It also wants negative attitudes towards scientific qualifications to be tackled.

The committee, which last year launched its inquiry into the government's handling of scientific advice, risk, and evidence in policy making, makes 69 recommendations, …

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