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Huppert welcomes government decision to protect science funds

October 20, 2010 2:23 PM

Julian at WestminsterThe government's decision not to cut spending on science under the Comprehensive Spending Review has been welcomed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert.

He says the decision to protect the £4.6bn science budget by freezing it for the next four years is a victory for members of the Campaign for Science and Engineering and Science is Vital.

They lobbied Parliament with the backing of former Cambridge University research scientist, Julian calling on MPs to protect the UK's reputation in research.

"This is extremely welcome news," he said. "The government has shown its strong commitment to the work taking place in this field and recognised the UK's standing as a world leader. Cutting this budget would have had strong implications for the economy as a whole.

"This decision is testament to the campaigning work undertaken by the Campaign for Science and Engineering, Science is Vital and researchers and academics across the country who made a case for this decision. I congratulate all of them on a job well done."