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Science City Initiative

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider how the city of Durham’s science expertise can be better recognised within the Science City Initiative. (79182)

In the 2004 pre-Budget report and in Budget 2005, the Government supported plans by the regional development agencies (RDAs) to develop six “science cities” in Manchester, Newcastle, York, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bristol. It is for RDAs to take the lead role in identifying science cities and detailed implementation plans, in line with their wider strategies for regional economic development, science and innovation.