Public Accounts Committee: Press Notice

24 January 2007

A STATEMENT FROM EDWARD LEIGH MP

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS

National Audit Office report - Big Science: Public investment in large scientific facilities

From the steam engine to the jet engine, from discovering the structure of DNA to developing MRI scanning, Britain has a proud heritage of scientific breakthroughs.

Britain is a world class scientific centre respected around the globe for its past achievements, present abilities and future potential.

Recent investment is starting to deliver facilities with exciting opportunities for science. But the proof of the pudding will be the actual discoveries that arise from the new facilities and the benefits that will, we hope, be felt by generations to come.

More must be done at the outset when planning these large scientific facilities to assess the range of benefits they could deliver and to make sure that facilities are financially sustainable in the long run. Getting this right should not be rocket science.

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