HC Deb 20 July 1982 vol 28 cc205-6
21. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what recent representations he has received on the effect of financial cuts on university science departments.

Mr. Waldegrave

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has received a number of representations about the adverse effect on some university science departments of reductions in funding, including representations from the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs, on whose behalf a number of hon. Members, including the hon. Member for West Lothian (Mr. Dalyell), came to see me recently.

Mr. Dalyell

How do the Minister and the Prime Minister—since she is responsible for science—answer the sustained and blistering attack of the vice-chancellor of Edinburgh university, who, in front of 3,000 graduates, accused the Government of having an appalling record over university science departments?

Mr. Waldegrave

The answer lies in the very considerable resources spent, including the large sums that have recently been tied to new developments in biotechnology, of which the Government are proud.