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European Communities (Pooling of Activity)

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his policy is on future pooling of activity under the umbrella of the European Communities; and what proposals are under discussion for such an approach, further to his statement of 1 November 2006, Official Report, columns 531-32W. (101101)

The UK supports the general aim of the European Polar Consortium to improve the co-ordination of polar research within Europe and internationally. The consortium has begun to identify common areas of research suitable for collaboration, such as climate change. However, it currently accepts that co-ordination of funding from different sources to support collaboration on research programmes is more appropriate than integration into a single funding stream.