Government-commissioned Research - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:16 pm on 28th June 2017.

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Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office) 3:16 pm, 28th June 2017

Sir Stephen Sedley made it clear that:

“There is no recent evidence of the indefinite suppression of research”.

The problem he identified was not suppression but delay. On medical research, the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, told the inquiry that the systems in place now support publication and said:

“Although a decade or more ago there may have been more of a problem with research being delayed, clearer guidance and publication frameworks in place today mean there isn’t a major problem anymore”.