UK’s Science Base

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 15th March 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) 10:30 am, 15th March 2012

It is national science and engineering week, and the Minister and I are both taking part in a mathematics event today. Does he agree with his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, however, in the letter to the Prime Minister that was reported last week, that the Government’s science policy is “piecemeal” and:

“The Technology Strategy Board…is operating on a shrinking core budget and thereby missing valuable opportunities”?

Do we not need a long-term strategy, such as the one that was set out in 2004?