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Physics: Research

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment has been made of the future effect of the recent reductions in funding for physics research and astronomy projects in the UK on the UK's industry and economy; and if he will make a statement. (207456)

Research Council expenditure on physics research is already in excess of £500 million per annum and is expected to increase over the CSR—comprehensive spending review—period.

The science budget is at its highest ever level and will enable the UK to maintain its leading position in research excellence, give rise to greater exploitation, as well as helping to build a stronger economy.