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In the 2013 autumn statement (5th December 2013), Chancellor George Osborne reiterated that science was a personal priority. He also announced extra funding for science, technology and engineering students.

Dr Mark Downs, chief executive of the Society of Biology, says: “We are pleased that science has been highlighted as a priority, and we believe that it must remain a priority. Britain produces world-class science which contributes to society and the economy, and investment is needed to ensure that science delivers maximum benefit.  

“Government will produce a Science and Innovation Strategy for Autumn Statement 2014, including a roadmap of how the Government’s long-term commitment on science capital announced at the Spending Round 2013 will deliver research and innovation infrastructure. We will watch this development with interest.

“We will continue to support investment in science, and await future announcements, specifically in light of the stated reductions in departmental resource budgets.”

The Government’s recognition of the value of science was demonstrated by the announcement of investment in the Higgs Centre and £270 million for the development of quantum technologies.