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Topical Questions

Part of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – in the House of Commons on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

Nearly half the core research and development budget is spent in just three cities—Oxford, Cambridge and London—and yet for every pound of private investment that such spending leverages in London, we get £3 in the east midlands and £5 in the west midlands. Does the Minister agree that, if we are going to level up, we need a fairer division of spending on R&D?