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Modernising Scientific Careers

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what technical difficulties have led to the consultation document The Future of the Healthcare Science Workforce. Modernising Scientific Careers, the Next Steps: a Consultation being replaced on the Department of Health's website twice following its publication on 26 November; and what alterations have been made to the document since then. [HL474]

The first version of the document published on the department's website on 25 November contained two printing errors. This version was therefore withdrawn on 28 November and replaced on the website with a second version on 5 December. A further printing error was then corrected and a third correct final version was published on 10 December and has since been produced in hard copy.

During the period between 28 November and 5 December we took the opportunity to review the document and made some plain English and grammatical changes.

A copy of that document has already been placed in the Library. Tables detailing all of the changes made from the first version to the final version have also been placed in the Library.

In view of the delay in publishing the final version of the document, the consultation period has been extended from 27 February—as shown in the final version of the document—to 6 March 2009.