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UK needs specific plan to become “science superpower,” peers claim

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1948 (Published 04 August 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1948
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The UK must do better to improve its “inconsistent and unclear” science policy, say members of the House of Lords, who fear that the country’s reputation as a leader in science could be slipping thanks to neglect of this area of policy.

A report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published on 4 August said it was essential that the government spell out a clear, consistent, and measurable science and technology policy so as to unlock economic growth and improve the UK’s public services.1

The committee’s inquiry set out to examine the government’s plans to deliver a UK science and technology strategy and for the UK to become a “science and tech superpower” by 2030. In the …

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