[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Science and Research

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 24th June 2015.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central 9:30 am, 24th June 2015

Indeed—I know that my hon. Friend is proud to be a graduate of Sheffield University. He makes an important point, and we need to be careful that even with the positive developments such as the Francis Crick Institute in London, public investment in research does not get sucked into the golden triangle that he referred to at the expense of universities around the country. As I said a moment ago, the great strength of our university network is its dispersal around the country. We need to ensure that funding for research is spread across the sector and across the country.