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Volume 572: debated on Thursday 16 May 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether those scientists who were not convinced of the officially accepted accounts of BSE were prevented from participating in government-funded research on the subject.

No. We are prepared to consider applications from anyone but all applications do of course have to be subject to the normal scrutiny procedures to demonstrate that a particular proposal is scientifically valid and that the potential contractors have the expertise and the technical resources to undertake the proposal. One of the Ministry's known critics, Dr. Narang, has been involved as a consultant in a MAFF and BBSRC-financed research project specifically to look at his ideas.