Today the Government have announced the creation of the Department for Science Technology and Innovation, and the accompanying appointment of Michelle Donelan MP as Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology.
CaSE response to the announcement of new Department for Science Technology and Innovation
07 Feb 2023
Commenting on the announcement:
Dr Daniel Rathbone, Assistant Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)
“We would like to congratulate the new Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, Michelle Donelan MP, on her appointment and welcome the announcement of a new specialised Department for Science Technology and Innovation.
“This is another sign of the importance Government places on science and innovation. It is vital, however, that the practicalities of making changes in Whitehall aren’t allowed to take away from the time and resources needed to drive forward the promising agenda the Government has previously set out.
“This new Secretary of State position can help ensure cross-Governmental buy in and support by championing science at the cabinet table, whether that is in investment, skills development, or from elsewhere. This support will be essential in tackling the big issues and uncertainty currently facing the sector, such as reform of R&D tax relief system and access to European research programmes.”
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