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High Energy Particle Physics

Volume 87: debated on Monday 18 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, in view of the evidence from the Advisory Board for Research Councils on the drain of scientists away from centres of excellence in the United Kingdom, what he estimates will be the effect on high energy particle physics following the reduction of the United Kingdom's subscription to CERN.

My right hon. Friend is still considering the advice he has received from the ABRC and the SERC on the recommendation of the Kendrew review group that the United Kingdom should continue its membership of CERN beyond 1989 only if this can be achieved at a significantly lower cost. My right hon. Friend will take into account all the implications of accepting the recommendation before any decision is made on whether to reduce the United Kingdom's subscription to CERN.