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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to require universities to have in place a policy on academic conflicts of interest; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government do not intend to put in place any new regulations on universities regarding the treatment of conflicts of interest. This issue is already addressed in a number of ways including grant funding terms and other governance arrangements in the university, although a number of institutions do bring these together in a single institution-wide policy.

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