Science budget key to Britain’s future Cameron assures MP
May 24, 2012
Prime Minister, David Cameron has reassured MP Julian Huppert of the importance of science funding to the country’s future.
He acknowledged that the government’s science budget would have been an easy target for reductions and that money could have been spent on “politically more attractive things”.
But he added: “We decided to take the long-term view and to save the science budget because it is a key part of Britain’s future.”
Mr Cameron’s comments came during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday, May 23).
Julian told him: “Britain has an excellent track record in scientific research and development, despite historically low levels of funding. For this to continue, and to continue to drive so much economic growth, sustained funding is required. Can the Prime Minister assure me that this will be delivered in this Parliament and the next comprehensive spending review?”
Mr Cameron said: “Obviously, I cannot bind the hands of the next comprehensive spending review, but in this spending review we made an important decision to protect the science budget.”
Later Julian said: “It is clear from Mr Cameron’s response that this government recognises the importance of funding science and scientific research and this is extremely good news for those working in that field in Cambridge and the country as a whole.
“Britain is renowned for its excellence in the fields of scientific research and development; but we can only hold onto that global ranking and continue this work if the money is there to support it.
“This government has shown by its commitment to science in the last spending review and Mr Cameron’s comments that it values the excellent work being carried out and recognises the vital part it plays in this country’s future prosperity.”