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Cut science funding at your peril, MP warns chancellor

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 02 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4180
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The United Kingdom’s coalition government needs to look beyond the short term and start considering the longer term implications of any cuts in science research budgets, warns an influential committee of MPs.

    Andrew Miller, Labour MP and chairman of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, has criticised chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s timetable for the proposed spending review in the autumn, which will look at spending cuts across the board, including medical research.

    In a letter to the chancellor dated 27 July Mr Miller warns: “The timetable does not sit well with the parliamentary calendar.” It requires a response by August, he said, and he expressed …

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