Research and Development

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 9th March 2005.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Labour, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department's international science network of support has made of industrial research and development in (a) the US, (b) EU accession states, (c) India and (d) China.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Trade) (also Department of Trade and Industry), Minister of State (Department of Trade and Industry) (Trade) (also Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Science and Innovation Network was set up in key selected countries, including the US, China and India, to work on issues of science policy, science collaboration, wealth creation and public diplomacy. Among the EU accession countries there are officers only in Poland and the Czech Republic. The Network reports on industrial research and development, among other scientific issues, to help inform UK policy and practice on science and innovation. For example, the Network made a significant input to inform the Department for Trade and Industry's Innovation Report in December 2003. It also provides reports on request to a range of UK stakeholders. The Global Watch Online website http://www.globalwatchonline.com/countries/ciner.aspx includes reports from the Network sorted according to country and sector. This site is being updated and will be relaunched in April.

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