Commons Early Day Motion in support of science funding

Posted on September 15, 2010 by

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Following Vince Cable’s recent speech focused on science, the Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz has tabled an Early Day Motion (a bit like a petition where MPs sign up to show their support for the issue –  more here)  in support of government funding for science.

It says:

That this House expresses its concern over the recent comments by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills apparently signalling retrenchment in Government funding for UK science; supports the view of the President of the Royal Society that short-term austerity risks undermining the UK’s future science base; notes that the United States, China, Germany and France are all significantly increasing their science budgets in the coming years as a central part of their strategies for long-term economic growth; and believes that investment in basic scientific research throughout the UK is vital if the commercial benefits of developing new technology are to be broadly spread, rather than restricting funding to a reduced number of institutions as the Government appears to propose.

You can access this online and see who has signed up here. MPs names will appear on this while the house is sitting but when the Commons rises on Thursday (16 September) for the party conferences, they will still be able to sign up but their names won’t appear until 11 October when the Commons sit again.

Science bloggers and tweeters have started publicising the EDM and are encouraging people to contact their MPs and ask them to sign it. This is alongside a couple of facebook groups that were set up following Vince Cable’s speech and blogs analysing his comments and the reaction to them.

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