HC Deb 15 September 2004 vol 424 c1631W
Sue Doughty

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what qualitative analysis was undertaken in the preparation of the paper Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004–2014, published in July, to determine the likely consequences of the proposed investment strategy on the types of research projects undertaken in the United Kingdom. [188078]

Ms Hewitt

A range of analysis was used in the preparation of the Science and Investment Framework 2004–2014 including a public consultation to which around 200 responses were received from individuals and organisations including businesses, charities, higher education institutes and representative organisations. The framework builds on the substantial work of the DTI Innovation report and the Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration, both published in 2003. The proposed investment strategy does not attempt to determine the types of research projects that should be undertaken. Allocation of funding to specific projects will continue to be governed by excellence and relevance to the needs of potential users and the nation. The framework identifies the strategy to underpin the Government's ambition, shared with its partners in the private and not-for-profit sectors, is for the UK to be a key knowledge hub in the global economy, with a reputation for outstanding scientific and technological discovery as well as turning the knowledge into new products and services.